Is the "iPhone 4S" and the "iPhone 5" one and the same?

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  1. onthecouchagain, Sep 21, 2011
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    This is by far the most sensible comment I've heard regarding whether we'll be getting a 4S only or a 4S and a redesigned 5:

    From BGR: "Why would Apple bump up only the processor specs of the iPhone 4 in addition to a newly designed iPhone 5 if the goal is to sell it into the pre-paid market at a lower cost?” Blair wondered in his note. “A 4S would simply cost more and a 4S itself wouldn’t create a mid-tier market unless it was priced at $99 and the iPhone 4 went to $49 with the new iPhone at $199. We see this scenario as unlikely.”"

    http://www.bgr.com/2011/09/21/wedge-apples-iphone-4s-will-be-only-new-model-to-launch-this-year/

    I think we'll only be seeing a 4S this year, but what's interesting though is that the person making this claim says the 4S may actually have a redesigned 4 inch screen, which may explain those new cases we've been seeing. So is this semantics? 4S = 5 and 5 = 4S? Are they one and the same? A redesign that just isn't that major? I don't know.

    Honestly, this article is making more and more sense. We've been mislead into thinking that a 4S = minor internal upgrade in the body of an iP4, while a 5 = major upgrade & design overhaul. The names "4S" and "5" are just names rumor-sites invented and separated. Why can't it be both those features in the same thing? Meaning... one new iPhone this year: a slightly upgraded but also slightly redesigned phone (an answer to antennae-gate, perhaps)?

    And whatever they call it is whatever they call it.
     
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    Lower cost would be achieved by using the same processor for both the new iPhone4 and the iPhone5.
     
  4. onthecouchagain thread starter macrumors 604

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    What's interesting though is that the person making this claim says the 4S may actually have a redesigned 4 inch screen, which may explain those new cases we've been seeing. So is this semantics? 4S = 5 and 5 = 4S? Are they one and the same? A redesign that just isn't that major? I don't know. In many ways, it makes sense.
     
  5. Muad'Dib macrumors 6502

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    No, they said in the same form factor though...which doesn't explain the cases.
     
  6. onthecouchagain thread starter macrumors 604

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    "... a small possibility of a larger 4 inch screen,” Blair wrote. “We believe the casing will be largely similar to the iPhone with some particular modifications to the antennae..."

    Does that necessarily mean same form factor? Could be.
     
  7. Smtevo macrumors 6502

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    If this happens then see ya Apple, hello Samsung Galaxy 2. This will hit apple hard if they only release a 4s.
     
  8. Muad'Dib macrumors 6502

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    Just curious, which part of it are you objecting to?
     
  9. Vikinguy macrumors 6502

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    Yeah...this would be very disapointing considering the four month delay. I can't believe they would do something so underwhelming.
     
  10. onthecouchagain thread starter macrumors 604

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    Honestly, this article is making more and more sense. I think 4S = 5, and vice versa. We've been mislead into thinking that a 4S = minor internal upgrade, while a 5 = major upgrade & design overhaul. Why can't it be both in the same thing? Meaning... one iPhone this year; a slightly upgraded but also slightly redesigned phone (an answer to antennae-gate, perhaps)?

    And whatever they call it is whatever they call it.
     
  11. PhoneI macrumors 65816

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    If by hit them hard, you mean they will sell 10s of millions of them, then I agree. There is no way I would ever punish myself by getting an Android device because I didn't get everything I wanted out of a the new iPhone. I already tried Android once....never again.
     
  12. Smtevo macrumors 6502

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    To them not releasing the 5 because of 'production issues' and only releasing a minor upgrade.
     
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    Al Gore, inventor of the internets, stated there will be 'iPhones' coming. I believe him. Just like I believe in Global Warming.
     
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    Just to be clear...

    Faster processor + more RAM + better camera + (possibly) larger screen = minor upgrade if they call it the 4S instead of 5.
     
  15. TheNewDude macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it makes sense, even though I really want an redesigned iPhone 5, it will probably be a minor redesign so they can sell new cases for it etc.

    The evidence supporting that argument is far greater than the one supporting a new completely redesigned iPhone. All we have supporting the complete redesign is the case manufacturers which are all going on ONE leaked document.

    Luckily we only have to wait a couple of weeks more....
     
  16. PhoneI macrumors 65816

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    Exactly. Doesn't sound so minor to me.
     
  17. onthecouchagain thread starter macrumors 604

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    Exactly my point. The rumor websites are the ones who invented the names "4S" and "5" and created the idea that they are both different and not just different, but drastically different...

    ... but they could be one and the same. It'd be silly to think of the new phone as only a "minor upgrade" just because of a simple misnomer. What they may end up calling it doesn't really matter; what matters is what they'll be upgrading.

    Well said, Cyks.
     
  18. Muad'Dib macrumors 6502

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    That's an interesting conclusion, but a stretch of the imagination if you ask me. I think they either planned a redesigned iPhone 5 and we will see it or one was never planned to begin with.

    This is my question. What part of this is objectionable? What if we get all of this and it's called an iPhone 5....would you be happy? What if we get all of this and it's called an iPhone 4s...will this piss you off?

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    Actually, that's not true. The rumor sites just ran with stories from the likes of WSJ. Here's a story from February for example:
    http://www.newsaroundtheworld.net/two-new-apple-iphones-coming-this-summer/17387/
     
  19. Smtevo macrumors 6502

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    This is my question. What part of this is objectionable? What if we get all of this and it's called an iPhone 5....would you be happy? What if we get all of this and it's called an iPhone 4s...will this piss you off?[/QUOTE]


    I dont care if they call it 4S or 5, if we dont see a casing change im switching. I know they like to keep things secret but in this case it could hurt them by not saying anything about all those fake cases and leading people to believe there is a big change coming.
     
  20. Muad'Dib macrumors 6502

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    So the casing of the electronics is what is most important to you? Really?!? :confused:
     
  21. Vikinguy macrumors 6502

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    If the screen isn't bigger I'd be very disapointed. I mean...we've had the four for 16 months now. A new bigger faster droid phone comes out every other day.


    Also..I thought saturating the market with two different iPhones sounded like a fantastic idea.
     
  22. onthecouchagain thread starter macrumors 604

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    I think Smtevo is missing the point we're trying to make, so let's drop it. The topic of the thread remains an interesting one, I think: Is the iPhone 4S and 5 one and the same? Are those names just misnomers? I think there's plenty of reason to believe this is the case. Oct will be interesting.
     
  23. Smtevo macrumors 6502

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    yes it is, what else do I need a dual core processor for and a little bigger camera. It is all up to the user, maybe you need different.
     
  24. Muad'Dib macrumors 6502

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    I tend to believe the WSJ over some analyst. I gonna say we see 2 devices.
     
  25. aluren macrumors 65816

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    It's all about the looks. Changing the looks = brand new. Same looks = slight upgrade. Kinda similar to cars and redesigns. I think alot more people care about the looks than anything else so they can show off what they bought. Who is going to see an A5 chip or an 8mp camera on a 4S?

    But I would much prefer internal upgrades than external. I only care about how the phone works for me, not how others will judge me. I mean, come on, faster processor and ram will save you time by loading everything faster. There is no better upgrades than this in technology.
     

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