Apple has been fairly predictable with iPhone naming schemes, increasing the number or adding an S after an initial jump to the iPhone 3G.
In March, Apple threw a curveball, announcing the new iPad instead of the iPad 3, a move that could signal a new naming pattern for the new iPhone.
The new iPad is the third iPad, but just like Ishmael, you shouldn’t call it the iPad 3.
We expect the next iPhone to arrive this fall, with October as a likely launch month, but the name of the new iPhone is still up in the air.
In a way the new iPad name makes sense, and could show us what Apple has planned for the new iPhone. It brings the iPad in line with the Apple notebook and computer lines, which avoid incremental number naming schemes.
This is a good time for Apple to get off the numbering bandwagon, The iPhone 5 sounds like a great name, but in a few years will we expect the iPhone 9 or the iPhone X?
Apple could stick with the tried and true naming scheme, and announce the iPhone 5.
Why would Apple stick with numbers for one product? The easiest answer is to make it simple for consumers to know which iPhone is the current model. The iPod Touch doesn’t use model numbers, forcing users to remember which generation iPod they have, something that doesn’t work out well for the average user. Apple even offers a support page to help users figure out which iPod they have.
The iPhone 5 tells shoppers it is new, and it is a bigger number than the Samsung Galaxy S III. Laugh, but companies put a lot of thought into the numbers behind their products.
iPhone 4G LTE
The next iPhone will most likely ship with 4G LTE, a faster mobile connection. The new iPad ships with 4G LTE, but doesn’t include it in the name. The iPhone may differentiate, adding a 4G, 4G LTE or perhaps 4GS to the end of the iconic iPhone name.
Consumers are quickly jumping on board the 4G LTE train, and including 4G LTE or 4G in the name is an easy way for Apple to boast that the iPhone finally has the fastest mobile connection available to consumers.