Since there’s been alot of debates over the question if Apple will be naming the upcoming iPhone the “iPhone 5″, “iPhone 6″, or just a general name like “iPhone” still remains a question. The newest iPad was named the new “iPad”, not the “iPad 3″. It has been noted though, by Fusible that a claim has been filed by Apple with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in an attempt to take over the agency’s own regulations, and any proceedings additionally which may be likely to be started in the not too distant future.
The domain “iPhone5.com” is still hosting a small discussion forum that is quite small which is dedicated to conversations to do with the iPhone 5 itself. This forum was released last October of 2010 just after the release of the iPhone 4 that was released earlier in the year.
The mystery behind Apple pursuing the iPhone5.com domain is quite intriguing. The company has been quite slow in trying to obtain these domains for their previous products they released. Though Apple did not gain any control of iPhone4.com until about just a year just after the device was released, and the iPhone4s.com domain was not until numerous weeks just after the release of the device in October. Apple was very likely to be very motivated within taking control of the domain because it was still being used for luring visitors to porn sites.
With it being a given that Apple usually doesn’t seek out domain names for it’s products until around when the products are released, it seems kind of weird that Apple is already trying to take control of iPhone5.com. Though with the “iPhone 5″ having already been the official name that is attached informally to Apple’s next upcoming iPhone form factor redesign for about two years now and also is still in use all around, the company is believing apparently, that they should have some control of the usage of the name.
One theory that jumped up at me when I was thinking about this, for the fact that Apple doesn’t really ever seek to gain control of domains that are relevant to their newly released products is probably because they don’t want the public to be given that sign that the product is actually coming. One small detail gives everything away almost, probably to them at least. Apple is all about secrecy. Anyone can find out who owns what domain, in some way or another.