Numbers starting do disappear from product names

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Batman89, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. Batman89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
    And I say that's a good thing. The three main products from the recent keynote were

    - Apple Watch
    - iPhone SE
    - iPad Pro

    No numbers associated anywhere. My prediction is that this will carry over to the Fall iPhone's naming. The number "7" or any number really, will no long be apart of the product's name:

    - iPhone (4.7 inch)
    - iPhone Pro (5.5 inch)

    To differentiate from the models, there's already a number associated with the products: the release year.

    2016 iPhone vs 2017 iPhone
    2016 iPhone Pro vs 2017 iPhone Pro

    Cars have the same naming scheme.
  2. cableguy84 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2015
  3. Noble Actual macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2014
    Its time for...

    iPhone Galaxy

    iPhone Nebulas

    iPhone Supernova

    iPhone Andromeda
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    And…given past history few people will keep it straight.

    Excuse me while I go fire up my PowerMac Book Pro G5! It's running 10.10 Leopard and I do all my work on it in Adobe! :eek:
  5. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Well, to be fair, the Apple Warch and iPad Pro are first generations of their product lines. The iPad Air was like that too...until the iPad Air 2.
  6. shftoptk macrumors member


    Feb 25, 2016
    The difference between cars and phones is that Toyota doesn't manufacture, advertise, and sell a 2013 model. Apple does, or did before the SE. They still make, advertise and sell the Mini 2 on apple's website.
    Most people would think the year they bought their phone = the year the phone actually is. For example, I bought my 5s from Apple in 2015, therefore it's a 2015 phone. Technically it was manufactured in 2015, but it's really the 2013 iPhone.

    The idea works with computers and devices that don't get updated often.
  7. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    Some car manufacturers do use numbers for their cars.
  8. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    The new iPad. iPad with retina display. IPad Air. All iPods. All Macs.

    No numbers. This is not a new thing. But anyway, they should just ditch it for the iPhone anyway, and go with year in promotion material. And stop renaming the iPad every two generations for no reason.
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Well, there is iPad Air 2.
  10. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    I have a feeling Apple may be trying to differentiate themselves from Samsung, who's using similar naming. I can't remember, nor do I care, who started the number game, but someone has to change.
  11. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    You totally missed the point.
  12. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    The point being?
  13. smacrumon macrumors 68030


    Jan 15, 2016
    iPhone SE is a holding pattern release until three iPhone 7 models are released in mini regular and plus variants. Apple messed up by not releasing a 4 inch phone in the 6/6s cycle, 4 inch users too want flagship designs. SE will be relegated to budget/entry model status with a slight price drop in Sep/Oct. Yes, in just a matter of six months.
    Numbers seem useful in clearly indicating a new model.
  14. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Maybe they could re-use old Apple names, like iPhone Performa or iPhone Leopard (special edition with a spotted case). Or they could play off of the Apple Macintosh idea: the iPhone Granny Smith.
  15. Tech198 macrumors G4

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Apple like going by release... maybe going back to old habits would cause confusion..
  16. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    On a recent Mac Observer podcast Bryan Chaffin threw a fit over the 9.7" iPad being called iPad Pro. I've heard this come up on other Apple-centric podcasts. Some have even taken to calling the 9.7" device the "baby iPad Pro". I don't understand why. iMacs, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs come in multiple sizes but they don't have different names. Nobody calls the 13" MBP the "baby MBP". I do hope that Apple gets rid of numbers. Not necessary anymore.

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