I know many wireless dealer owners (Rogers, Telus) who were very disappointed when Apple launched the iPhone 4S. They were disappointed because these business owners wanted the device to be called “iPhone 5” as it is a more powerful name from a marketing perspective and would sell more devices.
Now technically the iPhone 4S is the “iPhone 5” (or “iPhone 6” if you want to get specific) however many consumers are waiting for an actual “iPhone 5” later this year. With the March 2012 release of the new iPad, Apple dropped the numbering scheme from that product. So instead of “iPad 3” it was just “new iPad”. After seeing that change, it is expected that Apple will do the same for the next iPhone.
Interestingly, Apple has filed a claim with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to take control of the domain name “iPhone5.com”. No decision has been made yet, but could this mean that the next iPhone will in fact have the number “5”?
Normally Apple wouldn’t do something like this because it reveals the name of the product before launch. However the name “iPhone 5” has become fairly commonplace over the last 18 months, especially as consumers expected the iPhone 4S to be called the “iPhone 5” (and some people still call the 4S the “5”!).
If you check out the domain, it actually has a small community forum related to the discussion of the “iPhone 5”. So, what do you think? Is the next iPhone going to be the “iPhone 5” or is Apple just trying to secure domain names for URL’s its customers may visit?