iPhone 8(+) Should the iPhone 8 be called the 7S?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by scottcampbell, May 24, 2019.


Should the iPhone 8 be called the 7S?

  1. Yes, it should be called iPhone 7S

  2. No, it should be called iPhone 8

  1. scottcampbell macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2017
    Should the iPhone 8 be called the 7S?

    Most people thought Apple would follow the naming convention they had used for years, announcing the iPhone 7S along with whatever the 10th anniversary phone would end up being.

    However, what accompanied the X was named the iPhone 8. And Apple fans seemed to go along with it fairly painlessly.

    Personally, I think it was a subtle effort by Apple to make people with a 6 or 7 phone feel like their model was even older, putting on the subconscious pressure to upgrade to a new design. So I'm voting yes, it should be called iPhone 7S.

    The 8 isn't hugely different than the 7, adding wireless charging and a new chip. Sounds like an "S" upgrade to me.
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I mean, it's been out for over a year. So, no. It's the iPhone 8 now. No way around it.
  3. timeconsumer macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2008
    I agree. At this point just keep it the iPhone 8. When it released, perhaps it should have been 7s instead.
  4. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    Is it 2017 all over again? Who cares? Call your phone whatever you want.
  5. MEJHarrison macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2009
    You yourself called it a "naming convention", not "naming rules". They could have called it Orange Zebra if they really felt like it. There's no rules here. They called it what they called it and it really doesn't make a lick of difference. They decided to name it "8", so they did. They could have also called it a 7S and named the next phone the 7S-2. It really doesn't change the device one way or the other.

    Really, this is kind of like telling someone they named their baby wrong.
  6. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    Much of the supply chain in 2017 called it the iPhone 7s. It wasn't until close to release it was renamed iPhone 8. I think it's pretty clear marketing tried make up for the lack of new features.
  7. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    The more important question is: Should they have called the Max the Max?
  8. scottcampbell thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2017
    Sure my topic isn't the most "timely".

    But you know it's okay to revisit a topic after a little bit of distance, and look at it with some hindsight?

    I'm obviously not suggesting it actually be changed at this point. But Apple skipped a step in their naming convention and I think it's interesting to discuss.
  9. Seanm87 macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2014
    It should have been but wasn’t for marketing reasons. Technically it should be called the 6sss.
  10. EM2013 macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2013
    When I opened the thread I thought it was going to be from Sep. 2017
  11. alex.houston macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2016
    iPhone X (ten) was the reason for the naming of iPhone 8. The 9 is still missing, but that's because 7 ate 9.
  12. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    Another question could be is why the iPhone 7 not named the iPhone 6s².

    Then maybe the iPhone 8 could have been called the iPhone 6s³.

    They are all basically from the iPhone 6 design.
  13. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    It doesn’t really bother me what my iPhone is called to be honest. The iPhone 8 or whatever you wish to call it is a great phone and popular too regardless of name.
  14. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    When Apple uses an iPhone moniker with like iPhone 6/6S, consumers may not see that as a ‘huge’ upgrade when they see the same number, regardless if it has an ‘S’ in front of it. The Next highest number in the iPhone lineup obviously denotes the ‘newest’ device, I think that’s why Apple likely uses the iPhone 8 versus the ‘iPhone 7s’. Apple wants consumer to see the iPhone 8 as an all new device, because using the same number two years in a row may give the impression that consumers aren’t really receiving a major upgrade.

    [Side note:

    Apple uses marketing to the best of their advantage, most times they’re really good at it, but I don’t agree with the term ‘Max’, it just seems generic, even though it’s just an iPhone title.]
  15. Lucas284 macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2018
    I think they wanted it to be 8 so they can be one step ahead of Samsung
  16. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    How is that important?

    I hardly could care less about what made up name the phone in my pocket has. Functionality is important to me. Design to a degree. Names- who cares.
  17. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2017
    Haha, same. Guess some people still can't accept that what's done is done. :rolleyes:
  18. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    Yeah at the time I thought it seemed like it would usually have been branded as 7S - I guess 8 sounded better alongside X (10).
  19. I7guy macrumors Core


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    True. Architecturally it’s closer to a 7s than an 8. Apple skipped a few numbers in order to get to iPhone X.

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