When will iPhone be renamed Apple Phone?

TallGuyGT

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No, I don't know they are doing this and it's pure speculation on my part. But Apple seems to be phasing out the iNames and going with Apple ProductName. Apple Watch (latest premium product) and Apple Pay (latest premium service) looks like the start of a trend.

Seems inevitable to me that they will eventually start calling it Apple Phone. I like the way it sounds and don't think the public would be confused or react poorly (though Apple Pad sounds much worse). Would make sense to do around a major product redesign (not the 6S versions expected this year).

May happen, may not. Thought it would be an interesting discussion.
 
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cynics

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No, I don't know they are doing this and it's pure speculation on my part. But Apple seems to be phasing out the iNames and going with Apple ProductName. Apple Watch (latest premium product) and Apple Pay (latest premium service) looks like the start of a trend.

Seems inevitable to me that they will eventually start calling it Apple Phone. I like the way it sounds and don't think the public would be confused or react poorly (though Apple Pad sounds much worse). Would make sense to do around a major product redesign (not the 6S versions expected this year).

May happen, may not. Thought it would be an interesting discussion.
To play devils advocate I don't think they ever will.

One NEW product doesn't carry the "i". Software has always been hit or miss.

iPhone is a household name. That's something money can't buy so I don't a good reason for Apple to change that.
 

Zxxv

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Apple phone would cost more to print. iPhone less letters. Money money money. Oh and the other reasons stated above.
 
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JB1855

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Marketing and IP (intellectual property) can answer your question:
1. Apple TV and Apple Watch: iTV and iWatch names had already been bought and used by other companies. I recall there had been some discussions about suing and/or buying the iTV name (Apple did seem to be willing to cal Apple TV the iTV), but this never happened. As for the iWatch, even though the name was already owned hence could not be used by Apple, maybe the marketers wanted to differentiate this product.
2. Indeed, a name subconsciously speaks to people's minds. Maybe Apple TV would have met a larger audience would it had been called iTV: some non-computer people interested in a TV box would not have been willing to invest in something related to a computer environment they did not know. On the other hand, maybe for the Apple Watch it was actually their first choice: the "i" becomes too "geeky" or "gadgety": it is actually the first time Apple launches a product that aims to marketed as a non-technology related one (they hired a former Burberry corporate boss; the organization in Apple Store has changed, etc.). Hence, as Apple has recently started to have luxury, quality and trendy consonances, maybe they went for it. (this is related to your point).
3. As for Apple Pay: the iPay term surely has a negative psychological impact. "iPay" (to be read "I pay" by the brain) implies "I spend money". On the other hand, "Apple Pay" adds the value of the Apple brand name, while "you" is not the person actually paying ;-)
 

TallGuyGT

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I agree with the reasons above and I do like the name iPhone. Just seems like iNames are on their way out. iPhoto is another example. If Apple moves further upscale, I can see them using "the new Apple Phone" on a future release.

Or it could stay iPhone forever. iTunes really doesn't describe most of what that software does anymore. iMac is another iconic name. And they are heavily promoting iCloud.

Just curious what other people thought. And that seems to be "stick with iPhone".
 
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C DM

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No, I don't know they are doing this and it's pure speculation on my part. But Apple seems to be phasing out the iNames and going with Apple ProductName. Apple Watch (latest premium product) and Apple Pay (latest premium service) looks like the start of a trend.

Seems inevitable to me that they will eventually start calling it Apple Phone. I like the way it sounds and don't think the public would be confused or react poorly (though Apple Pad sounds much worse). Would make sense to do around a major product redesign (not the 6S versions expected this year).

May happen, may not. Thought it would be an interesting discussion.
They aren't phasing anything out. Some new services and products get the "Apple "name but none of the existing 'i' products have gotten renamed.

The iPhone brand has a HUGE brand recognition and following with it, there simply wouldn't be much of an overall rational reason to change it. Realistically many more downsides than any upsides.
 
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The Doctor11

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On one hand Apple is moving away from the letter i.
On the other hand iPhone is an extremely well known brand.
I simply can't weigh these to things and take a guess when Apple would move to Apple phone. It could go either way at pretty much anytime past the next few years or so.
 

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On one hand Apple is moving away from the letter i.
On the other hand iPhone is an extremely well known brand.
I simply can't weigh these to things and take a guess when Apple would move to Apple phone. It could go either way at pretty much anytime past the next few years or so.
They are but they've also not renamed existing (and successful) products. They have incredible brand awareness with the iPhone and it would be a marketing suicide to rename an established product.
 

Tthomas612

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They are but they've also not renamed existing (and successful) products. They have incredible brand awareness with the iPhone and it would be a marketing suicide to rename an established product.
This is agree with. There's no way  can rename the iPhone to  Phone. Everything thus far that has been named with  at the beginning has either been a new service or a new product. When an established product they have gets changed and it's a success... Then we can talk.

Can you imagine Samsung changing the Galaxy to the Samsung Phone or the Note to the Samsung Phone Plus it would never happen with either one of these companies because the way they are now are too much of a success...
 

GrumpyMom

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I'm already calling it the Apple Phone because I own an Apple Watch and I'm middle aged and totally addled and can't adjust to change and the prefix difference. So when I am talking about one or the other with my husband I get totally mixed up. I call the watch an iWatch and the phone an Apple phone. That's on a good day. On a bad day I call my watch "my phone" and my phone "my watch". I work outdoors in the 80-90 F heat for hours at a time and have fried my poor brain.

I'd really appreciate it if Apple picks one or the other prefix and sticks to it.

--cranky old fart rant for the day.
 

ucfgrad93

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To play devils advocate I don't think they ever will.

One NEW product doesn't carry the "i". Software has always been hit or miss.

iPhone is a household name. That's something money can't buy so I don't a good reason for Apple to change that.
Agreed. I don't see Apple trying to rename the iPhone.
 

Ethos Evoss

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No, I don't know they are doing this and it's pure speculation on my part. But Apple seems to be phasing out the iNames and going with Apple ProductName. Apple Watch (latest premium product) and Apple Pay (latest premium service) looks like the start of a trend.

Seems inevitable to me that they will eventually start calling it Apple Phone. I like the way it sounds and don't think the public would be confused or react poorly (though Apple Pad sounds much worse). Would make sense to do around a major product redesign (not the 6S versions expected this year).

May happen, may not. Thought it would be an interesting discussion.
i was thinking that .. what that odd ''i'' stands for ? obviously it is not on Mac Wath Music Support /..
 

techishi

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The branding of iPhone is incredibly powerful and prominent. I don't see this happening, at least not anytime in the near future.
 
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