After placing a claim placed with the World Intellectual Property Organization, Apple has won the web domain iPhone5.com from a small independent online forum. The forum is now gone, and the WHOIS domain information points to some new holding company, likely hired by Apple. Of course, this is no guarantee that the next iOS smartphone will actually be called the iPhone 5, but rather a simple issue of trademark protection.
Apple has had a rough time locking down domains in the past, most notably iPad.com and (to a lesser extent) iPhone.com. If the "new iPad" naming scheme has taught us anything it's that all bets are off when it comes to what the next iPhone will be named. Until things get official, iPhone 5 will have to be the placeholder, but what do you think the odds are that Apple will continue the trend set by the iPad and simply call their iOS 6 handset "the new iPhone"? For everyday consumers that aren't embroiled in the tech world, I could see how things would get confusing when talking about the 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S; dialing things back to "the one from 2012" could make life simpler for them.
WWDC is coming up soon, where we're expecting iOS 6 to be announced, if not a new iPhone to be launched for the back-to-school season. Of course, there's nothing solid confirming features of the new iPhone, though rumors swirl about a 4-inch display, liquid metal frame, flexible display, LTE connectivity, and a new micro-dock connector. All of the above sound great but until then, it's all wishful thinking.
Anyone want to take a stab at what Apple will eventually name the next iPhone? Will it be the iPhone 5, will they adopt the more generic naming scheme of the iPad, or is there some other angle they could market the next iPhone from?