Apple Grabs iPhone5.com – New iPhone Named?
Apple has now rescued the iPhone5.com web address for the Steve Jobs designed iPhone 5 which had previously been snapped up by cybersquatters.
This raises the question: is Apple just protecting the iPhone brand or is this being done ahead of an iPhone 5 announcement?
Looking around the web, Apple doesn’t appear to be that bothered about domain squatters – apart from when they discovered that iPhone4S.com was forwarding readers to porn sites. Naughty, naughty!
Cybersquatting isn’t uncommon and is basically a sneaky way of hopefully making a tidy profit by buying a domain name related to a company or product or person that’s nothing to do with you. So, a product, company or celebrity name which people will be searching for. The planned end-game is where the squatter will be approached to sell the URL to that company, product or person for a decent slab of cash.
iPhone5.com was set up in late 2010 – just after the launch of the iPhone 4. You can see the plan.
The squatters have had to wait a while longer than planned as the expected iPhone 5 announcement was replaced by that of the iPhone 4S.
Will Apple be planning to confuse people once more though? After all, the follow-up to the iPad 2 turned out to be named the new iPad.
Granted, snaffling the iPhone 5 name doesn’t mean that’s the plan for Apple’s next phone, and they might go down the ‘new iPhone’ route. Let’s face it – if the rumours are true, Apple hasn’t even settled on a design for their next gen smartphone.
What do you thing? Will the continue through to iPhone 10 and beyond?