Apple has registered a new domain name AppleCoronavirus.com. The company filed the new domain the same day it announced it would be collaborating with Google to launch tracing tools to iOS and Android.
Reported by MacRumors, Apple registered the coronavirus website domain on April 10th. The registrant organization listing confirms Apple Inc. via a WHOIS record. The registrar is listed as CSC Corporate Domains, a firm used by Apple to register its domain names. CSC also protects domains for larger corporations.
Currently, the website is inactive. Recently, Apple and Google announced the two companies would be collaborating in aiding in the fight against COVID-19. The website may be a landing site for all of Apple’s efforts.
Last week, Apple and Google announced they would be launching tracing tools to iOS and Android using Bluetooth technology. The focus between the two companies is to assist health officials and governing bodies to track the virus, without compromising user privacy. Both companies will launch APIs and operating system-level technology to assist in enabling contact tracing. Apple has said the first steps will arrive in May when interoperability between devices is ready for the API use.
It appears AppleCoronavirus.com is Apple’s way of getting all its ducks in a row. We’ll likely have a better idea of what this new domain entails as we approach the month of May.