Why the name "iPhone 4"

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  1. mocque macrumors member

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    you think they chose iPhone 4 so the next generation when LTE is fully deployed will be called the "iPhone 4G"?

    anyways, just a thought.
     
  2. kolax macrumors G3

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    I was never a fan of iPhone 3GS as a name.. I'm glad Apple chose iPhone 4 because it is simple, clean and distinct. Next iPhone will likely be called iPhone 5.
     
  3. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

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    Possibly, but the naming is only logical. It is the fourth iteration of the iPhone. iPhone HD seems a little colloquial as the only thing 'HD' about it is the 720p of the camera. Also, the 'HD' makes it sound like an Android/HTC device.
     
  4. Rookie1986 macrumors 6502

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    I think they went with just "4" to stop any confusion, lots of people I know don't know much about phones and would think that a 4G iPhone means its 4G speeds not 4th generation.... lots seem to have problems grasping this with the 3G tbh....

    /Rookie
     
  5. cowsrus macrumors 6502

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    would be too confusing

    iphone 3g was called the 3g because one of the biggest new features was the ability to use the 3g network

    now that 4g is actually started to become implemented, if apple called it the 4g for "fourth generation" people would be confused and assume it could use the 4g network just like the 3g could use the 3g network hence, iPhone 4
     
  6. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    I think it's sort of a play on the '3' in '3G' and '3GS'. The 3GS was a relatively small upgrade from the 3G, I think the 4 is supposed to express that it's a bigger upgrade than the phones that were branded with a 3.
     
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    It will have just 'iphone' on the back so does it really matter lol.

    Given the camera and screen they could have called it the 'HD'

    iPhone 4 is simple though as it pulls the name and the generation together.
     
  8. USGIshimura macrumors member

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    Because it is the only name that does not sound ridiculous.
     
  9. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    This is the only reason. It's ridiculous to think otherwise.
     
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  11. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000

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    iPhone 4. Enough said. It is the 4th gen iPhone. Being iPhone 4G would be misleading since most would assume it would run on a 4G network. It doesn't though, so cut to the chase; iPhone 4 it is.
     
  12. fishmoose macrumors 68000

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    The next one will be called iPhone 4G and will support 4G networks. With the '4' name they start a new dynasty of sorts, which is good.
     
  13. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I agree with some of the comments above. Fourth iPhone = iPhone 4. Makes perfect sense.
     
  14. mike1123 macrumors 6502

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    I'm pretty sure they had to ditch the "3" to make it really feel like this phone was new. The 3GS didn't feel like a new phone; it was simply an upgrade from the 3G. If they used 3G anywhere in the naming of the new phone, people would still associate it as more of an evolution of the older phone.

    I love the new name. :)
     
  15. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Hopefully at some point they'll go back to calling it iPhone. It's not like Apple had crazy naming schemes for Macbook, iPod, or Cinema displays. They just had one name for the line. The iPhone seems to be the only product with a crazy naming scheme.
     
  16. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Because maybe they wanted to get back the name "iPhone" but couldn't (seeing as the 1st Gen is called this). So instead of some wierd name like 3GS, they opted for a clean start and just named it iPhone 4, as in 4th Generation iPhone.
     
  17. renewed macrumors 68040

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    I actually can see this happening...

    The commercial is all secretive, showing small glimpses of the new iPhone etc.. and then at the end it shows introducing the iPhone 4... G.
     
  18. rmatthewware macrumors 6502

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    Nope, the next one will be iPhone Vista, to be quickly followed by iPhone 7.
     
  19. gixxerfool macrumors 6502a

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    It ties in with iOS4 as well. Just a thought.
     
  20. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    It's not like they name every generation of iPod, so it's not like they couldn't have just called it iPhone.
     
  21. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    And yet that didn't stop them from naming differently each iPhone generation. Gee, wonder why?
     
  22. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I'm just saying your reasoning is off.
     
  23. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Well, it's the one that best explains things as they are right now. Now if the naming changes, I'd need to get a new theory.
     
  24. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    I could never figure out if the 3G meant the network or generation 3.

    Unfortunately, this probably isn't going to go away as 4G network is next.

    Maybe they should just use that clever little 'i' they love so much.

    iPhone i4 which uses 4G.

    see?
     
  25. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    By whom?
     

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