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Apple registers domain?

iPhone 4N

Update 1 at 5:24AM EST:. After I posted this story, MacRumors pointed out that the Whois record raises questions as to whether Apple is really behind the registration.  First, the registrar used was Go Daddy, not MarkMonitor (Apple’s usual choice).  Guess we’ll have to wait and see if anything official is announced.

Original Story: Apple released the iPhone 4 in 2010 and the iPhone 4S in 2011.  Now, all the talk is about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5.  But Apple did make an interesting domain name purchase this week:

According to Whois records, Apple registered the domain on May 1, 2012.

It’s unknown why the company registered the domain name.

It may be nothing more than a defensive tactic to protect its intellectual property, except, a number of iPhone 4 variations like and are still available for anyone to register at the time of this story.

Apple already owns the domains, and  Apple got its hands on after filing a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization.  Back in July 2011, Apple acquired for an unknown amount of money.  The company acquired the domain for an undisclosed amount in 2007.  It’s rumored Apple paid over $1 million to acquire the name.

Talking about this story:

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Apple acquires ‘leaked’ domain name, still missing others


Apple has officially acquired the domain name, the fourth generation of its iPhone that was released in 2010.

The iPhone 4 has been one of Apple’s more controversial devices, after technology news site Gizmodo obtained a prototype of the smartphone before its release.

The Whois record for switched from Whois Privacy Services to Apple Inc on July 11.

Apple Inc.
Apple Inc.
1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino CA 95014

Domain Name:

Registrar Name:
Registrar Whois:

Administrative Contact:
Apple Inc.
Apple Inc.
1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino CA 95014

Created on…………..: 2006-08-11.
Expires on…………..: 2020-08-11.
Record last updated on..: 2011-07-11.

Apple may now own, but according to registrant records the company still doesn’t own,,,… you get the idea.

Apple acquired for an undisclosed amount in 2007, which many speculate the company paid over $1 million to acquire the name.

This week Apple also acquired the domain name for an undisclosed amount.

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