A thought on Apple's naming policy
0. phoneArena 05 Sep 2012, 09:05 posted on
There has been some confusion over the naming of the new iPhone, and of course we all remember the confusion over the change in naming convention with the new iPad, but we have a thought about how Apple names its products, and how that may look in the future...
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1. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
[Insert a hateful fandroid comment here]
8. Commentator (Posts: 3021; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
[Insert another fandroid comment that expresses nothing but how much I totally agree with the previous fandroid's comment]
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28. Commentator (Posts: 3021; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
You must be so clever by resorting to the age-old internet stand-by defense of "accusing someone else of being a younger age because you don't agree with what they say."
Incidentally, for whatever reason it seems that the typically agreed-upon age is 12.
Comeback aside, I would like you to please explain why you made this emotionally-crushing remark at my expense (because I'm really, really devastated by it...) Your original comment (gratz on being first, btw) was meant, as I took it, to ridicule the countless fandroids on PhoneArena who blindly attack anything that has to do with Apple. My response was one of agreement with your sentiment, in that several fandroids usually flock to the defense of the initial fandroid's remark, and they usually don't provide any original thought of their own.
If I misunderstood your original comment, I apologize, and if you misunderstood my response, I apologize for not being as articulate as I would like to think that I am.
40. ambrown (Posts: 33; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
[Insert Apple fanboy comment defending Apple and dissing on Android as a "copier" of everything Apple here]
3. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
Idk why there is so much hype and a new, news post every 5 minutes about iphone. Its the same design but longer. Even cars change their styling yearly. I have never seen such outdated hardware in my life until I was introduced to Apple.
I though samsung was bad for making phones look the same. At least theirs are somewhat appealing.
11. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
You were never introduced to apple. They don't know you dude.
12. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
To be honest.. a person can be introduced to a product.. or line of products. I know how hard your trying to make the guy feel stupid but he is pretty spot on. Not trying to troll or be an ass but seriously you went out of your way to make the comment you did.
13. ithinkimjoe (Posts: 25; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
cars designs don't change yearly. the manufacture made add a feature over one year, but the design doesn't change unless there is some horrible public backlash.
they on average go through a midcycle refresh at 2.5/3 years. then a complete redesign in about 5.
24. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
They change slightly every year. There are minor differences that can show the age of a car. Be it mascara around headlights, extra taillights, reshaped panels. The Mustangs from 2005 to now look very similar, but every year's model is different. But for bigger structural not superficial changes you are right.
14. ayephoner (Posts: 839; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
theyve never been a company that tries to win the spec race. not with any of their products (sometimes a graphic processor here or a high screen resolution there, but not across the board)
they are a company that sells image, ease of use, build quality and customer support. question any of those things that you want, but consumer after consumer loves their products.
i for one have had two android devices in a row and despite great specs, i am completely fed up with some components of the device and having to take my device to the carrier to get any "support"
36. BDW2008 (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
how about this i don't think it really matters the millions of iPhone fans including myself are going to buy the next iPhone anyway. I don't care what it looks like what the name of it is does not matter to me just like when i brought the 4S after owning the 4 I'm going to buy the 5
4. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1850; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Why bothered to write this article? It's very... pointless...
18. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Some people are interested in this stuff.
A better question is: if you think it's pointless, why would you 1) click the link, 2) read even just a little, and 3) comment on the article?
20. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1850; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I thought it was interesting at first... then realized it was common knowledge for people like us (who comes to this site often). Also, I think it's a bit of number playing here. 5 and 5G would never has any relationship whatsoever. Think about it, we are just building up a nice 4G network for most of the major carriers, and we wouldn't see 5G for another 3 yrs or so ( just a guess). By then, Apple would have come out with iPhone 5S, 6, 6S, and even 7 (just pure guessing how they would name their devices)
Beside, I need something to stay awake at work haha Looking at data and numbers all day gets to me... >"
42. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 218; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
I would say your comment is very pointless but then you just went all out at the end......................... haha
5. Commentator (Posts: 3021; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Why not take a page out of the auto-industry's book and designate them by year? If the consumer knows nothing else about the iPhone, they'll at least know that the "iPhone 2010" is older and cheaper than the current model.
7. andro. (Posts: 1990; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
IPhone 2010 and iPhone 2011 for instance look the exact same,it would highlight the lack of change by apple too much,the use of an s instead on the name makes a better mental image by the name that perhaps something has been changed.
16. ayephoner (Posts: 839; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
i agree. mike even points out that this is what the distributers do with mac books and the like.
im guessing this is how the ipad and iphone will be treated from here on out.
6. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Good article. I myself have presumed "the new iPhone" name. In fact is very similar to a concept I have provided a couple of months ago:http://img820.imageshack.us/im
The number 5 in invitation is still confusing though. Maybe it was meant to play with the public expectations. Smart move Apple in every case.
17. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
It's far too stretched. There were 5 iPhones in 5 years, however this is 6th iPhone and 6th year so I doubt they would put number 5 to make a confusion.
If its' not about phone name, then it's about 5th row of app icons, rather than about the years.
Michael has a good point about problems awaiting "new iProducts" nomenclature in the future - so I still think it will be simply and intuitively be iPhone 5.
If they omitted iPhone 2, then they could just as well regard 6th generation as iPhone 5... the perception in the masses is the most important motif - and they mostly expect iPhone 5.
Hmm.. maybe this one will be iPhone 2 - because it's the first one radically different in format :-D
9. xtian1103 (Posts: 361; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
the number might mean it's been 5 years since they unveiled the first iphone(2007)
19. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Some people are interested in this stuff.
A better question is: if you don't care, why would you 1) click the link, 2) read even just a little, and 3) comment on the article?
21. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
lol idk whats more ironic: caring enough to post a comment that says "Who cares?", or the people that made their way down the comments and gave him thumbs up.
Its like dedicating a song to your ex-girlfriend telling her just how "over her" you are, and how you've totally "move on"
22. Aeires (unregistered)
Suddenly the Epic 4G Touch name doesn't sound so bad. Okay, maybe it still does.
They could call it the iPhone 2012, but won't. January and on, who wants to buy a phone with last years date on it? They should have just tacked on a sequential number and left the alphabet alone.
30. -box- (Posts: 3978; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Same reason people can buy a 2013 model year car when it's still 2012.
Best option: no more iDevices, no naming confusion.
39. Aeires (unregistered)
Car models are out there. I bought a 2011 model in January 2010. WTF?
23. IHatePhones (Posts: 99; Member since: 12 Aug 2009)
Next years iPhone will be called "The New iPhone(S)"
OR "The New iPhone 2" ?
But where exactly do they go from here though? Seriously?
25. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
It will always just be the "new iPhone" every year. It's only the last year's model that needs to change names.
27. -box- (Posts: 3978; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Just do as car manufacturers do. "2012 Ford Fusion" "2013 Ford Fusion" Ta da, done.
29. paulyyd (Posts: 329; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)
Didn't think someone could write such a long article on a name of a phone... Lol go figure
32. _PHug_ (Posts: 429; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
I was going to read this article then noticed it's like 10 paragraphs long and decided to just skip to the apple vs. android flame war in comments
33. ftyler223 (Posts: 140; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)
i think iPhone LTE would be a good name. it doesnt follow the numbering system theyve been using for so long and it explains just that. it runs on the new lte network. iphone 4g would be fine too but then again that 4 just makes consumers think oh i already have the 4 ill just wait for the 5 as alot of people did with the 4s. so i think apple got the hint here. iphone lte will be the name i can guarantee it
34. downphoenix (Posts: 2815; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I think they should go with years for their naming, given they release them once a year.
37. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)
Here it is, take whatever it is (phone in this case) an put a small i in he front of it. Bam that's what it is. That's why we I have the iPhone, iPad, iMaxipads....ok so that last one isn't out. I would look for it next year when apple think that they can copyright it and sue other for using their stuff.
41. ftyler223 (Posts: 140; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)
Uzzelien....u do know that first there was apples "ipod" so thats where the iphone came from right? U sound really stupid by what u just said. Just shut up.
38. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7043; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
It will called the NEW IPHONE not the iPhone 5