iPhone 5 or 6?

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  1. Pau Miquel macrumors newbie

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    The next generation of the iPhone will be its 6th generation. What does that imply for its name? The iPhone 4 was the fourth generation therefore it was called iPhone 4, not because it was after the 3Gs, the 3Gs was called like that because it was a better version of the 3G, which was called like that because of its cellphone technologies. So, I don't know if I explained myself clearly, but the big question is: shouldn't the next iPhone be called the Iphone 6?
     
  2. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

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    I'd put money on it being called the iPhone 5!
     
  3. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    It will be 6 or LTE or X. It will not be 5. It doesn't make any sense, especially with iOS 6 being released before it.
     
  4. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    You're holding it wrong.:D
     
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    The general public. For instance:

    Person 1 - "I just got my iPhone 5 running iOS 6 and it's 4G."

    Person 2 - "Huh?"

    I'm sure Apple's learned from the 4, 4S, not 4G fiasco. Everybody here gets it, but explain it to Grandpa.
     
  8. stickybuns macrumors 6502

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    I will name it George, and I will hug it and pet it and squeeze it....
     
  9. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    I'm not sure how that relates to the public.
    It's up to the buyer and user to know at least what's an Intel processor or the technology used by a device. If he doesn't care who gives a duck? I see no point there.
     
  10. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    It's called "marketing." Companies typically try not to confuse customers. It's bad for business.
     
  11. daooof macrumors regular

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    Technically it's not the 6th generation, but rather the third. The 2, 3G, and 3GS were all the same generation, just different builds, and the 4 and 4S were also a generation. So it will be the iPhone 3. JUST KIDDING. It's really a tough one though. Apple hasn't exactly been consistent with the names, so expect anything. iPhone LTE sounds cool and might work, but it doesn't go in spirit with the numbers, so I'm not sure.

    The only reason that I can think of that it would be called "iPhone 5" is that EVERYONE is just assuming it is, so Apple will just ride on that. If a product is already named and accepted by the public, why not keep it that way? That is, if it lives up to expectations.
     
  12. arn macrumors god

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    You mean like my iPhone 4S running iOS 5 and it's 3G?

    iPhone 4 -> iPhone 4S -> iPhone 5.

    It won't be iPhone 6. It may be iPhone LTE, or some weirdness, but not iPhone 6.

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  13. mike5411 macrumors regular

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    I agree with this idea. However, I wish Apple would drop everything after the word iPhone.

    By now almost everyone knows what an iPhone is and I think it would be acceptable to refer to it as iPhone (Mid 2012), when clarification is needed.
     
  14. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    fixed that for ya ... signed Grandpa :D
     
  15. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    You keep calling it the 5 on the site, what's your reasoning? Your post above makes 0 sense especially because you left off the first three. Even your example above starts with the iPhone 4 which provides the rationale for calling it 6. It was the fourth phone. This will be the sixth phone. To keep calling it 5 seems silly.

    Maybe it will be something different, I hope it is. I like the idea mike5411 suggested they use the release year. It makes much, much more sense.

    I sell phones to normal people everyday. Not fanboys, not techies, and they're not stupid either. The current naming convention really needs to change because Grandpa does care. My customers don't have a clue what all the numbers and letters mean. They're trying to piece together what the commercials, news stories and their neighbors are saying but its tough with all the jargon.

    I can't see Apple confusing the public even more, especially after the firestorm over the 4S name when people were expecting it to be called 5. It is just a name, after all, just don't make the consumer work hard to figure it out.
     
  16. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    It will be called the iPhone 5. No one will be confused.
     
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  18. MonkeyBrainz macrumors regular

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    What doesn't make sense is you thinking it should be called iPhone 6 based on the OS it uses. The second iPhone was called 3G because it used 3G, it wasn't called iPhone 2. The iPhone 4S is the 5th gen phone using iOS 5, but it's not called iPhone 5. Their naming schemes have nothing to do with that stuff, they'll call it whatever they call it.
     
  19. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Again?:D
     
  20. arn macrumors god

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    The Apple III wasn't the 3rd Apple computer.
    The Mac II wasn't the 2nd Mac.

    Names don't have to equate to the generation. They just have to make logical sense for the consumer. 4S -> 5 makes sense. 4S -> 6 makes no sense for 99.9999% of customers.

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  21. No5tromo macrumors regular

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    It's like Windows 7, it's just a name, it doesn't mean that it's the 7th edition, cause it's not.

    Talking about iPhone names, I think that naming a phone 3G was stupid. 3G is a technology used worldwide way before Apple came up with iPhone 3G. Picking up the technology kind of late it's not something to brag about or name a device after. It could be worse though, imagine something like "iPhone Copy/Paste", or a future iPhone named "iPhone Flash" or "iPhone removable battery"... ok I went too far.
     
  22. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    The Apple III came out four years after the Apple II, though. It was not on an established yearly product update cycle. I do see your point, but as I mentioned above, I'm dealing with Average Joes everyday and to try and explain the 5th phone was the 4S and the 6th is the 5 will be another disaster. I've had people walk out the door because they swear the iPhone 4 is 4G and they think I'm lying to them when I tell them it's not! If they were really going by generation, this next one would be the 4 (original, 3G, redesign with glass and external antenna).

    I guess the best I can hope for is a different naming convention all together, like they do with OS's. The numbers just get too complicated to convey. Tech people get it. Dick and Jane don't.
     
  23. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    No, iPhone X.
     
  24. No5tromo macrumors regular

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    Or maybe since this is supposed to be the last project that Steve Jobs was involved with, maybe they will give it a tribute-name, can't think of any that doesn't come out corny though. Maybe iPhone Legacy... :rolleyes:
     

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