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iPhone 5: What Will Apple Call the New iPhone?



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.

Read: iPhone 5 Mockups Show 4-Inch Display

New iPhone

new iPhone 5 mockupIn 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?

iPhone 5

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.

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  1. Website Design

    04/25/2012 at 6:14 am

    the features which we have seen in iPhone 5 videos on Youtube are fantastic but when it will get launch ?

  2. James Robinson

    04/25/2012 at 12:37 pm

    1) iPhone
    2) iPhone 3G  
        iPhone 3GS (Still the 2nd gen, just faster specs)  SAME DESIGN
    3) iPhone 4 (Just comes after 3 as in 3G/3GS) It’s actually only the 3rd Design, BUT 4th gen)
    4) iPhone 4S (Still the 3rd design, just optimized, with SIRI and CAM) But STILL 4th GEN!!!
    5) iPhone 5 (iPhone 4/4s is the 4th gen. iPhone) So naturally a new design ushers in the new gen being, you guessed it…5th Design and 5th GENERATION!!!

    • jameydog

      07/25/2012 at 3:45 pm

      1. iPhone
      2. iPhone 3g
      3. iPhone 3gs
      4. iPhone 4
      5. iPhone 4s
      6. iPhone 6

    • scott

      08/16/2012 at 1:15 pm

      But its gona have six Gen software in it. After the iphone4 launched apple took so much crap from people calling itbthe 4g… if they make the mistake and call it 5 people will tthink its a 5g. I was at the mall he other day where people wwere asking about the next iPhone calling it the 5g…

    • Jon Lennox

      08/24/2012 at 4:44 am

      You are an idiot! How can you argue that the 3GS is not a third generation when you accept that iPhone 4 is a fourth generation? You cannot jump from second generation to fourth! The iPhone 4 is the 4th generation model, following the 3g which was the second generation and the 3GS which was the third generation. Therefore, following that same logic, the 4S is the fifth generation and the next iPhone to be the sixth generation…. I don’t know what they will call it, but it won’t be called the iPhone 5 for sure!

  3. Craig Boliek

    04/25/2012 at 6:22 pm

    It will launch as the iPhone V on October 6th.

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