There is all sorts of speculation about what ApplePico.com will be after MacRumors noticed Apple Inc. made an update to the domain.
The update to the domain name involved Apple removing the Whois privacy, thus revealing to the public that it owned the name.
Apple Pico rumors have ranged from a pico projector, to an “iPod Pico”, to other products and features.
Well, with some domain sleuthing and Whois research, a new iPod model called the “iPod Pico” seems more likely solely based on the domain activity that took place on the exact same day in September 2007 on MarkMonitor’s name server.
For the most part, there is one thing in common among the 18 other domains on the nameserver that day: iPod.
It’s important to point out that Apple newly registered ApplePico.com in late September 2007 after the name had deleted, along with dvbpodcast.com, eyepodblog.com, and eyepodtv.com that had also deleted from its registrar Domainsatcost.ca. The company did not own ApplePico.com before that date according to Whois and Name Server history.
Here’s a look at the name server report for MarkMonitor published on September 28, 2007.
Apple not only registered the 4 domain names above, at the same time it also transferred 15 other domain names (see below) from Domainsatcost.ca to the MarkMonitor server.
It appears most (if not all)19 domains were previously registered to a Derek Nuhn of Canada.
If you pore over the list of names, you’ll notice Apple acquired iPodTouch.com from Derek Nuhn weeks after its initial product launch.
So there you have it, more domain activity all taking place on the same day to add further speculation.
ApplePico.com may be destined for a pico projector, just as PVRApple.com may end up as a personal video recorder that offers Tivo-like recording for the Apple TV. But as MacRumors first rumored, it could turn out to be the next iPod model.
If you recall, Apple recently won a domain dispute for iPods.com, so something bigger could be brewing.
Come September 7th when Apple holds its iPod event, we may finally know what is to become of ApplePico.com.