Apple has apparently recently managed to secure the rights to the web domain www.iphone5.com from a previous owner that was unconnected with the company. As reported by The Next Web, Apple filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) over the domain, resulting in an investigation by the WIPO as to who should actually hold it. According to a recent decision, it seems that Apple has be awarded ownership.
The decision naturally raises the question about what will be the name of the next generation iPhone device. With the launch of the new iPad, Apple pretty much surprised everybody by dropping the numerical nomenclature from the device, preferring instead to be a little more unpredictable. In all likelihood, Apple is simply securing this domain to protect the iPhone trademark, and ensure that consumers are directed towards their own pages.
It is an interesting speculation, however, to think about what name Apple will choose to refer to their new device. The next iPhone will actually be the sixth iPhone to be released rather than the fifth (which was the iPhone 4S). With recent rumors suggesting that the next generation iPhone will be a completely redesigned device, perhaps Apple will be looking to use a name that will reflect the new direction.
Perhaps just ‘iPhone’.