I’ve written before about how Twitter, Facebook, and even recently how Google’s Gmail were or were not recognizing the new gTLD domain names as real domain names. Now today I have discovered that Apple’s iPhone email does not recognize the new gTLDs, as well. But it’s actually even worse with Apple: they don’t recognize .biz, .info, and .tv as real domain names, either!
IPhone email doesn't recognize gtlds either. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/H4yivvuAe8
— Bill Hartzer (@bhartzer) May 22, 2014
When I refer to these companies or their apps (or sites) not recognizing the new gTLDs, I am referring to the fact that when one of these domain names (e.g., billhartzer.expert) is listed in a post, a tweet, or in an email, the domain is (or isn’t) turned into a clickable link. I know this is a technicality, but these are real domain names, and if someone is going to buy one of these domain names and use it for their website, you have a right to expect that most apps and websites will recognize them as being “real”, just like .com or .net or .org.
Take a look at what I did today: I emailed a simple list of domain names to myself, and opened up that email (just as if I sent it to someone else). I wanted to see if the domain names are considered “real” domain names by the Apple iPhone (I am viewing this email via the default mail app on my iPhone).
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What really surprises me is that Apple doesn’t recognize the gTLDs. But, they actually don’t even recognize other TLDs that have been out for a long time now: .biz, .info, and .tv !
Here’s the list of domain names that are “real” according to Apple, and the ones that are not:
billhartzer.com <== okay according to Apple billhartzer.net <== okay according to Apple billhartzer.org <== okay according to Apple billhartzer.biz billhartzer.info billhartzer.tv billhartzer.co.uk <== okay according to Apple billhartzer.sexy billhartzer.voyage billhartzer.viajes billhartzer.ventures billhartzer.uno billhartzer.watch billhartzer.works billhartzer.zone billhartzer.??? billhartzer.??? billhartzer.?? billhartzer.lighting billhartzer.land billhartzer.kiwi billhartzer.kitchen billhartzer.limo billhartzer.link billhartzer.menu billhartzer.marketing billhartzer.management billhartzer.luxury billhartzer.ruhr billhartzer.coffee billhartzer.codes billhartzer.camp billhartzer.camera billhartzer.bike billhartzer.berlin billhartzer.bargains billhartzer.agency billhartzer.blue billhartzer.boutique billhartzer.cab billhartzer.training billhartzer.today billhartzer.solar billhartzer.singles billhartzer.shoes billhartzer.shiksha billhartzer.solutions billhartzer.support billhartzer.tips billhartzer.technology billhartzer.tattoo billhartzer.institute billhartzer.house billhartzer.holiday billhartzer.holdings billhartzer.florist billhartzer.farm billhartzer.domains billhartzer.directory billhartzer.diamonds billhartzer.cool billhartzer.education billhartzer.systems billhartzer.kim billhartzer.international billhartzer.cheap billhartzer.ceo billhartzer.center billhartzer.careers billhartzer.clothing billhartzer.club billhartzer.computer billhartzer.company billhartzer.buzz billhartzer.builders billhartzer.build billhartzer.construction billhartzer.contractors billhartzer.graphics billhartzer.glass billhartzer.gift billhartzer.gallery billhartzer.guitars billhartzer.guru billhartzer.pink billhartzer.pics billhartzer.photos billhartzer.photography billhartzer.plumbing billhartzer.qpon billhartzer.rich billhartzer.repair billhartzer.red billhartzer.recipes billhartzer.photo billhartzer.onl billhartzer.email billhartzer.expert billhartzer.estate billhartzer.equipment billhartzer.enterprises billhartzer.academyIs it reasonable for us to expect that Apple should recognize all of the TLDs and make them clickable links automatically in email messages? Yes, even .biz, .info, and .tv are real TLDs that have been around for a long time now. It should be an easy fix, as they just need to go in and list the gTLDs just like the list .com, .net, and .org in iOS or the email app.This has been discussed before, though. In fact, several people have pointed out that even Apple Safari won’t navigate to the new gTLD domain names.