Do you think iOS 9 will be last version with a number ?

quackers82

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just curious what others think with iOS naming . Do you think they will copy Mac OS X and the next version will be iOS X ? Or do you think they will just keep going with incriminating the number ?
 

VSMacOne

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I think Phil Schiller touched on their naming scheme for watchOS during an interview with John Gruber the other night and said they had a pretty good plan in place, so I imagine he was walking about the overall naming scheme.
 

kmj2318

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I think Phil Schiller touched on their naming scheme for watchOS during an interview with John Gruber the other night and said they had a pretty good plan in place, so I imagine he was walking about the overall naming scheme.
I was thinking about that too. He said "just wait" and I don't know if that means just wait till you get used to it, or just wait till you see what else there is. watchOS is weird because iOS has the lowercase i because iPhone, iPad, etc. The Apple watch is spelled either Watch or WATCH in the marketing, so that doesn't make sense.

Also, it'll be weird for their to be OS X and iOS 10. I really doubt they would do iOS X. Maybe they'll go macOS, iOS, and watchOS next year. And just add the date to it. macOS 2016. hmmm.
 

VSMacOne

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I was thinking about that too. He said "just wait" and I don't know if that means just wait till you get used to it, or just wait till you see what else there is. watchOS is weird because iOS has the lowercase i because iPhone, iPad, etc. The Apple watch is spelled either Watch or WATCH in the marketing, so that doesn't make sense.

Also, it'll be weird for their to be OS X and iOS 10. I really doubt they would do iOS X. Maybe they'll go macOS, iOS, and watchOS next year. And just add the date to it. macOS 2016. hmmm.
macOS, iOS and watchOS is what I was thinking, but I don't think they will be dropping the numbers. I don't see iOS going to X but possibly to 10.
 

Goldfrapp

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The nomenclature becomes an even bigger issue as they're slowly phasing out the famous "i".

Apple Phone? phoneOS? Hmm...
 
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Andres Cantu

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I don't see the numbered versions as much a problem as them not coinciding with the iPhone that is released at that time (iPhone 5 on iOS 6, iPhone 6 on iOS 8, etc.). Similarly dislike how the iPhone 5 was not really the 5th iPhone, and so on. They should have called the iPhone 4s the iPhone 5 and just forget about the S's.
 

C DM

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I don't see the numbered versions as much a problem as them not coinciding with the iPhone that is released at that time (iPhone 5 on iOS 6, iPhone 6 on iOS 8, etc.). Similarly dislike how the iPhone 5 was not really the 5th iPhone, and so on. They should have called the iPhone 4s the iPhone 5 and just forget about the S's.
People wouldn't be too happy about that given that the design didn't change and they would expect a different design in a brand new version (rather than an improved/upgraded previous version).
 

Andres Cantu

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People wouldn't be too happy about that given that the design didn't change and they would expect a different design in a brand new version (rather than an improved/upgraded previous version).
I see your point. If this keeps up, we will get to the iPhone 10 with iOS 16, and that just makes no sense. They should have called the iPhone 3g the iPhone 2, then 2s, 3, etc. I'm sure eventually they'll do something to change either the naming of the phones or the iOS versions.
 

C DM

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I see your point. If this keeps up, we will get to the iPhone 10 with iOS 16, and that just makes no sense. They should have called the iPhone 3g the iPhone 2, then 2s, 3, etc. I'm sure eventually they'll do something to change either the naming of the phones or the iOS versions.
I don't think there's some "sense" that needs to be there. The hardware and software are separate things, there doesn't have to be a specific numbering connection between the two. It really doesn't exist with other systems or anything like that.
 

Andres Cantu

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I don't think there's some "sense" that needs to be there. The hardware and software are separate things, there doesn't have to be a specific numbering connection between the two. It really doesn't exist with other systems or anything like that.
Yeah I know, but it would make things much simpler to understand and neater at the same time :)
 

Matheew944

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YEAH, and I hope Ipad 2 and Ip4s be dropped next year!!!!!! and IOS 11 be only 64 bit devices, no 32 bit!!....or maybe Apple want Ipad 2 to get IOS 10
 

kmj2318

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The nomenclature becomes an even bigger issue as they're slowly phasing out the famous "i".

Apple Phone? phoneOS? Hmm...
I think they're only phasing out the "i" for things that are not iDevices. Services, apps, and devices that don't use iOS. But iPhone, iPad, and iOS are here to stay.
 

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I think they're only phasing out the "i" for things that are not iDevices. Services, apps, and devices that don't use iOS. But iPhone, iPad, and iOS are here to stay.
Not quite true. Otherwise, Apple Watch would've been called iWatch.
 

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The nomenclature becomes an even bigger issue as they're slowly phasing out the famous "i".

Apple Phone? phoneOS? Hmm...
That will NEVER happen to the iPhone, at least, not until sales drag way behind.

There's a big psychological study that shows that part of the popularity of a product can be linked to how long that name has been around. It's been accepted that one of the reasons people like the Camry or Maxima so much is that the name has existed since before they were kids. There's a reason it's still called Windows and that it didn't adopt another name, despite some of the many changes it's gone through. Sure, there are other reasons why people like them so much, but the nomenclature is definitely a factor.
 

recoil80

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It is time for iOS to follow OS X naming scheme, so it is ok for a development point of view to refer to iOS version 10, but a name like Yosemite should be added like Android with Jelly Bean, Gingerbread etc.
 

Noble Actual

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I think in the long run, the os will all get merged together similar to Windows 10 but probably not for a while.

- OS X will be changed to macOS "Whatever CA name they choose"

- watchOS will be watchOS 3 next year

- There will be iOS 10, but after that they will change the naming (no more numbers). I think the 10th and 11 versions will be big changes.
 
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