Apple’s nonexistent iPhone naming scheme: Will next one be the iPhone 6, 5 or 4G?

“Now that the iPad 3 (yes, that is what Apple should call it) is out and available we are seeing even more rumors of the next iPhone,” Matthew Miller writes for ZDNet.

“I am also getting lots of questions from coworkers and readers about the next iPhone wondering if they should wait or get the iPhone 4S now,” Miller writes. “Talking about this with them led to me thinking about the iPhone naming convention and realizing there really isn’t one…”

Miller writes, “‘Will the next iPhone be called the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 4G, or something else?’ Everyone currently talks about the rumors as the iPhone 5, yet the iPhone 4 was the only model so far that had a name that matched the actual number in the iPhone series. If people are using that naming convention, then this rumored model should be referred to as the iPhone 6.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Why should Apple call it “iPad 3?” and, why shouldn’t Apple simply call the next iPhone, “iPhone?”

44 Comments

      1. +2

        Most people don’t realize that not only did the iPad lose the numbering scheme, but the same thing happened with latest Apple TV. There is no Apple TV 3, it’s just an Apple TV.

  1. Gonna go with 5. Maybe even just iPhone. Either will be fine with me. It won’t be 4G. Too confusing with the 4 and 4s. 6 is possible, but I doubt they’ll use that. I could be wrong, obviously, but my big guess is 5.

  2. You can bet dollars to donuts Apple has turned a corner on naming their products and getting away from alphanumeric iterations. Yep it will just be “iPhone.”

  3. Why in the world would Apple skip iPhone 5 and go to iPhone 6? Because it’s 6X faster than the iPhone (original)?

    These guys have WAY too much time on their hands.

      1. That’s the most retarded logic ever. Why are people so fixated on this. Your average consumer would be confused as heck if they skipped the 5… so they won’t. The iPhone 3GS had nothing to do with being the 3rd iPhone. It was a 3G phone and speedy.

        Gah! Apple doesn’t BRAND their phones based on generations. The Apple ][GS.

        The next iPhone will be just that… the next iPhone… the generation will have no bearing on the branding.

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