Last week, on the 6th of May, it was reported that Apple filed a claim with the World Intellectual Property Organization (or WIPO) with the intention of having the domain, iPhone5.com turned over to the company. Until recently, iPhone5.com has hosted a discussion forum pertaining to the next-generation iPhone for almost two years.
As reported by The Next Web, the case has ceased and indicates that the claim has been resolved without ruling of the WIPO. It’s said that the domain is currently under jurisdiction of a brand protection firm who is presumably operating on behalf of Apple.
Now, upon visiting the site, it simply displays a blank page – note that the site doesn’t return any errors, it simply doesn’t load any content.
While curious that Apple would motion to acquire iPhone5.com so quickly when they’ve taken their time obtaining past domains, there could be some logic behind their haste. As Apple is well aware, “iPhone 5″ has been the unofficial name given to the next-generation iPhone by various online communities, blogs and even members of the press for close to two years.
Even if the next-generation iPhone’s name bears absolutely no resemblance to their newly secured domain, Apple undoubtedly wants to exploit the widely accepted “iPhone 5″ term to aid in marketing. With that said, stay tuned for full coverage regarding Apple’s upcoming sixth-generation iPhone.