Apple said to name next-gen iPhone family ‘iPhone 13’

A new report has prompted speculation that Apple’s upcoming new iPhone family will be called “iPhone 13,” despite suggestions that the name could be avoided for a number of reasons, including superstition or a new naming scheme.

iPhone 13 and 13 Pro dummy units (Photo: Sonny Dickson)
iPhone 13 and 13 Pro dummy units (Photo: Sonny Dickson)

Andrew Griffin for The Independent:

The report ostensibly comes from the supply chain and was first reported by Economic Daily News, which said that it had received indications from manufacturers that the naming scheme would continue.

The report suggests that the new line-up will come in the same form as the existing one – with an iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max…

One obvious issue with using the name iPhone 13 is that it is likely to trigger superstition or fears around the number. The number 13 is considered to be unlucky in many countries, and manufacturers have avoided using it in the past.

For years, people have speculated that Apple would drop the numbering system entirely.

MacDailyNews Take: Friends don’t let friends suffer from triskaidekaphobia.

Still, here’s how we’d name them:

• 5.4-inch iPhone (2020)
• 6.1-inch iPhone (2020)
• 6.1-inch iPhone Pro (2020)
• 6.7-inch iPhone Pro (2020)

MacDailyNews, September 21, 2020


  1. There are quite a few Accessibility improvements coming with iOS15. Those combined with a new phone would be a nice gift for Ice Cream Cone Joe. Lick, lick, dribble, drool, yum, yum.

  2. MDN’s suggested names are stupid. Try searching for things where the year is in parentheses. It isn’t as easy to look for a MBP by year as it is a car by year. Everyone thinks of cars by model and year. Most people DON’T think of electronics by year.

    1. Easy or not, that is how you recognize a MBP (usually including early/late etc.) There’s no iMac 15 either, just iMac, just like it is iPad Pro, not iPad Pro 5. Apple TV is Apple TV, iPod touch is iPod touch, Airpods are AirPods and an AirTag is just an AirTag.

      For most devices Apple uses either year or generation monikers, but just like with cars neither generation nor year are part of the official name.

      And, most people think of cars by mark and model only (or just mark – they drive a BMW or Ford etc). That’s the way most people think of phones too: an iPhone is an iPhone. The year / generation / number is just a tech detail that’s really relevant only when buying it, or services, spare parts, or accessories for one.

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