Apple Takes Possession of iPhone5.com Domain

Earlier this month, we noted that Apple had filed a claim with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seeking to gain ownership of the iPhone5.com domain, which had hosted a small independent discussion forum for the past year and a half.

The Next Web now reports that the case has been terminated, indicating that the dispute has been resolved without WIPO having had to render a decision. The domain is now under the control of brand protection firm Corporation Service Company, presumably on Apple's behalf, and simply displays a blank page.

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Apple's move to take possession of the iPhone5.com domain naturally fuels speculation that it will use the name for its next-generation iPhone, although that is not necessarily the case. Given the popularity of the name within discussions of the future iPhone, Apple may simply be protecting its iPhone trademarks while also seeking to control content at what is likely to be a popular destination for those searching for information on the company's products.

For those curious about iPhone6.com, the domain has changed hands several times, having first been registered in 2007 by an individual in Dubai who later transferred it to an owner in South Korea. But since mid-2010, ownership information for the domain has been kept private and there is currently no site associated with the address.

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chriscrk Avatar
159 months ago
I'm still curious as to why ipad2.com re-directs me to MacRumors lol.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AustinIllini Avatar
159 months ago
Isn't Apple's legal title "Apple, Inc.", not "Apple Computer, Inc."?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JackieTreehorn Avatar
159 months ago
www.iPhone6.com through iPhone999999.com is still available though...
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
miles01110 Avatar
159 months ago
Phew! I thought I got banned from the iPhone5.com forums.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chriscrk Avatar
159 months ago
Actually it takes you to a page that loads MacRumors into a frame.
Yeah :)
Why MacRumors though?

I'm also curious as to why Apple hasn't bought out ipad2.com and ipad3.com, or even weirder, ipad.com!
You'd think they'd have at least one ipad.com domain.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FFArchitect Avatar
159 months ago
www.iPhone6.com through iPhone999999.com is still available though...

I dig how you do business, Jackie.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)