Apple wins dispute over iPhone5 domain name
17th May 2012 | 19:23
WIPO closed the case, and iPhone5.com is blank
Apple appears to have emerged victorious from a dispute regarding the domain name iPhone5.com, a possible name for its new iPhone that could be named iPhone 5.
The domain was previously being used as a message board for iPhone-related discussions, but was not affiliated with Apple.
Apple filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to have ownership of the domain transferred to them earlier this month.
It's no secret that the unwritten laws of "first come, first served" don't apply in these cases. Apple has won previous WIPO disputes regarding domain names for iPhone4s.com and even iPhonesex4s.com.
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WIPO's case filing lists the dispute as "terminated," and iPhone5.com has apparently been taken down, as the site now shows a blank white page.
What's next for iPhone5.com?
WhoIs lists iPhone5.com's current owner as Corporation Service Company, a Delaware company that's apparently taken over control of the site for Apple.
Presumably, the domain will eventually redirect straight to Apple's new iPhone site when the next iPhone is announced. For now, it remains empty.
A Google cache of the iPhone 5 site before it was taken down reveals a brief and desultory farewell message from "Alex":
"Important iPhone5.com case update: So, the iPhone5.com domain name goes to Apple for free," the note reads, adding that PayPal donations "are welcome" and that he (or she) will "see everyone at iPhoners.com."
At least until Apple sets their gaze on that site as well.
Will the new iPhone be called the iPhone 5?
Apple's desire to lock down the iPhone5.com domain seems to indicate that the new iPhone will be called the iPhone 5, but that's not necessarily the case.
Previous iPhones have been labelled with sequential numbers indicating the chronology of their release, more or less. But the new iPad, which was expected to be called the iPad 3, was simply called the iPad, and the new iPhone could follow suit.
On the other hand, Wedbush analyst Scott Sutherland commented to TechRadar earlier this month that "the new iPad has created some confusion with the name," and that Apple "may be smart to go to iPhone 5 especially after doing the [iPhone] 4S."
Apple could reveal the new iPhone at WWDC next month, but until then they're not likely to announce anything.