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Why the iPhone 5 Could Simply Be Called the New iPhone


Most of the specs and features on the new iPad lined up with what we expected to see. The Retina display, the upgraded camera, and the A5X processor were all rumored to be happening and then they did. What’s strange is that instead of calling it the iPad 3 or the iPad HD, Apple came forward and simply introduced the new iPad as the iPad. Will the next iPhone have the same fate?

You’ve got to wonder, because with the switch in the naming convention with the iPad, now the iPhone is the only product line left that carries a moniker to denote its generation. We have several generations of iPod nano, but they’re all called the iPod nano. We have several generations of MacBook Pros, but they’re all just called the MacBook Pro.

Each model name for the iPhone has denoted something. The iPhone 3G was the first iPhone with 3G. The iPhone 3GS is like the iPhone 3G, but with extra “S”peed. The iPhone 4 is the fourth iPhone. Following this convention, it wouldn’t make sense for the next iPhone to be called the iPhone 5, because it’s really the sixth iPhone. So, Apple might finally switch things over and simply call it the iPhone. Maybe.

I had this exact conversation with a friend over the weekend and he asserts that Apple will continue to add a suffix to the iPhone with each generation, denoting what is “new” or “special” about that model. That’s possible, but when you consider how Apple names all of its other products, you’ve got to wonder how much longer the iPhone will be the only odd one out.

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  1. i would think the iPhone 5 design will look just like the new iPad, only smaller size.

  2. Samuel Tillman

    I have been saying for a long time that iPhone 5 makes no sense when the 4S IS the 5TH generation of iPhone. If it had a number, I’m pretty sure it would be 6. But I’m going to go with “new” iPhone since it shouldn’t confuse people. I mean, if it looks different than the 4S and 4, it won’t be very hard to tell it is the newest version.

  3. WILL have a model name. How do I know? It’s the only product line they have that CONTINUES to sell several generations. There is only the current or “new” of everything except the iPhone. The iPhone having three generations on the market allows Apple to have A) Free/Low cost – ala 3GS, B) Medium cost – ala 4, and C) High-price – ala 4S. They continue to sell three generations of only ONE of their products and NEED a way to differentiate models or it would get REALLY confusing to consumers. 

  4. i’m stillwatn for the nest iphone
     

  5. because Steve Jobs is dead

  6. Personally, I don’t know why people are still dragging around the name ‘iPhone 5′. I’m pretty sure it will be called the iPhone 6 because it’s the sixth iPhone. It’s not like they ‘skipped’ a generation with the iPhone 4S. It had pretty much everything people were looking for in the iPhone 5 last year. They didn’t go around calling the iPhone 4 the iPhone 3 after the iPhone 3GS (an update to the iPhone 3G) because the previous generation wasn’t a major upgrade.

  7. gonna be called the iPhone 4GS(att LTE logo for the 4GS part)

    • But the iPhone 4S already has 4G on AT&T…

      •  the iPhone 4S on AT&T has crappier HSPA+(still better than 3G by alot)…..Sneh is refering to LTE 4G which is not available on any current iPhone’s, and is the future 4G network style for Sprint, Verizon and AT&T

  8. The next iPhone WILL have a model name. How do I know? It’s the only product line they have that CONTINUES to sell several generations. There is only the current or “new” of everything except the iPhone. The iPhone having three generations on the market allows Apple to have A) Free/Low cost – ala 3GS, B) Medium cost – ala 4, and C) High-price – ala 4S. They continue to sell three generations of only ONE of their products and NEED a way to differentiate models or it would get REALLY confusing to consumers. 

  9. You talk about the new iPhone, when the picture is of an iPod Touch 4G??? What is this???

  10. Most attractive iPhone.. yet. Will think of buying my own.

  11. I was just thinking they might call it the iPhone 5.

    But it will be interesting to see what name Apple gives it this time.

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