updated 05:15 pm EDT, Tue July 3, 2007
Apple owns iPhone.com
It has been confirmed that Apple has finally succeeded in purchasing the domain name iPhone.com from Michael Kovatch. Kovatch is something of a domain name profiteer, having himself bought the iPhone.com domain in 1995 before the iPod or even the original iMac. He's also the owner of several other high-profile, domain names like SoccerShop.com, Wine.net, Golf.net, Noc.net, WineOnline.com, Kovo.com, TeeShirt.com, and CyberWine.com. DomainTools reports "Michael said this last week was a very busy one inside of Apple. He was holding out because he truly wanted to use the domain." Traffic to iPhone.com had, obviously, skyrocketed in the last 6 months." The domain is still in Michael's account under Domains by Proxy but Apple plans to transfer the domain in the next week. The iPhone.com domain reportedly fetched more than $1 million.