After 15 years of an ongoing presence in the United Kingdom, Apple has finally gained control over the Apple.co.uk domain name. The domain has been owned by UK illustration agency, Apple Illustration since 2003. Since Apple has acquired the domain name, the agency has now relocated to AppleAgency.co.uk. MacRumors cites the registrar information:
1 Infinite Loop
Corporation Service Company (UK) Limited [Tag = CSC-CORP-DOMAINS]
Registered on: before Aug-1996
Expiry date: 13-Jan-2014
Last updated: 06-Jul-2012
The initial domain transfer happened earlier this month, but it’s only begun forwarding to Apple’s main site sometime in the last few days. Apple has a consistent trend for snatching up domain names that pertain to any of their products or trademarks.
In the past, similar domain names were purchased by people with an intention to mislead unsuspecting users to a site filled with ads for monetary gain.