At AppAdvice, we continue to call Apples next handset the iPhone 6. We do so because its the name that makes the most sense historically.
This doesnt mean its the best name for the device.
As The Motley Fool recently highlighted, Apples naming conventions for the iPhone make little sense. The iPhone 6 wont be the sixth smartphone from the company, or even the seventh.
Instead, it will be the ninth overall.
Longtime Apple watchers may remember that when Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone 3GS in 2009, the “S” stood for “speed.” Apple has stuck with this pattern for three tick-tock cycles, but it’s quickly proving unsustainable in the long run. At this rate, in four years the 12th-generation iPhone would be called the “iPhone 8.”
Apple naming its next flagship device the iPhone Air makes a lot sense, especially after the 2013 introduction of the iPad Air. However, Apples iPad naming conventions has never been straightforward.
After the first iPad was launched in 2010, the iPad 2 followed. From there, things got confusing. In the spring of 2012, the New iPad launched. Just seven months later, the iPad with Retina display made its debut. At the same time, the first-generation iPad mini was launched.
iPads: 2010 – present
2011: iPad 2
2012: the New iPad
2013: iPad with Retina display, iPad mini
2014: iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display
Two new iPhones?
One final wrinkle in all of this is the likelihood that Apple unveils two new handsets this fall. If this is the case, the long-rumored 4.7-inch model would be the ninth one produced, while the 5.5-inch model would be the tenth.
Until recently, I was convinced that Apple should ditch adding numbers to iPhone names. Now, Im not so sure.
My change of heart occurred after visiting my local Staples and seeing how the retailer was marketing iPads. While Apples current-generation tablet was clearly marked iPad Air, the iPad with Retina display was not. The tag said: iPad – Retina.
I report on Apple products every day and know the difference between each device. However, the display at Staples confused me.
Based on this experience, I hope Apple calls the 4.7-inch handset the iPhone 6, while it introduces the iPhone Air moniker for the 5.5-inch model. Other, chaos could reign.