Fusible recently reported that Apple Inc. NASDAQ:AAPL" rel="nofollow" >(NASDAQ:AAPL) has filed a claim with World Intellectual Property Organization so they can claim the ownership of iPhone5.com, a domain name that's currently owned by another company.
It is currently speculated that Apple Inc. NASDAQ:AAPL" rel="nofollow" >(NASDAQ:AAPL) will choose that same name (iPhone 5) for their next smartphone and it only makes since that they would want to protect their name and prevent people from going on the wrong website.
This was not the first time Apple contacted World Intellectual Property Organization in regards to reclaiming domain names. Just last year, they filed a report to take down iphone4s.com and in previous years they filed reports against various domains including registered names for iPods.
Of course, since the third generation of iPad was dubbed the new iPad, it is possible that Apple could name their fifth generation phone as just the new iPhone. So far, no rumors or speculations regarding the new iPhone have proven to be true, and right now we can only guess what happens next.
I think people are using this piece of news as a sign that Apple will name their sixth generation smartphone iPhone 5. Given the company's history for the not so-creative approach to naming their products, it's very possible this assumption will turn out to be true.
According to the WhoIs record, iPhone5.com is a social forum. The copyright for the website has stated that it's not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with Apple in any way. The website was also created back in 2008. It is a little strange that the webmaster for the site could not think of a more creative domain name.
Even stranger, a few of the forum's users claim that the website will stand their ground against Apple. One of the commenters had the audacity to say that the world's most valuable company will not shut them down. That is a pretty bold statement coming from an anonymous individual. I really doubt Apple will lose this claim.
Update at 11:33 ET: Title Updated