After a week in which Apple released both an update to iOS 5 (iOS 5.1) and announced information about the next iPad, many have been talking about Apple’s decision to seemingly ditch the iPad numbering system. That’s because the upcoming iPad isn’t called the iPad 3; rather, it is simply known as the new iPad. Now we’re hearing that the iPhone and perhaps even the next iPod Touch may follow in the iPad’s footsteps with a change to the product name.
iPhone 5 Called the New iPhone?
Ever since the introduction of the original iPhone way back in 2007, Apple has followed a numbering system with their new iPhone releases. Following the original iPhone was the 3G, then the 3GS, then the 4, and then, of course, the 4S last year. It’s for this reason that many people (including iphone5latest.com) expected Apple to follow this naming pattern and call the upcoming iPhone the iPhone 5.
However, given the iPad bombshell this week and what a reliable source told 9to5mac.com, it’s looking like the upcoming iPhone will merely be called the New iPhone. And because Apple likes to be consistent, the next iPod Touch probably won’t be the iPod Touch 5–instead, it will likely be called the new iPod Touch.
It’s worth mentioning that 9to5mac.com actually received this tip a couple weeks ago–but didn’t report on it because, at the time, they found it to be a bit far fetched. However, with the iPad announcement this week, they now feel it holds more weight.
What’s Wrong With Calling the iPhone 5 the “New iPhone”
We can certainly understand why Apple may be getting tired of the numbering system. It can be a bit repetitious to simply tack a new number onto the end of the iPhone for a particular year and call it good. Plus, Apple likely wouldn’t want to go so high with the number scheme that they have an iPhone 10 (because, at that point, where does it end? The iPhone 20?).
On the other hand, calling the upcoming phone the New iPhone isn’t very practical. For one, what is Apple going to do next year when they release the follow-up to the New iPhone? Will they call it the New New iPhone? And for two, if Apple just calls each new model of the device the New iPhone, customers will get confused. It will make getting support for the specific iPhone model they own difficult.
What would work better is to do what HTC, Motorola and Samsung do: give each new iPhone a different codename. For instance, HTC has the Incredible, the Rezound; Motorola has the Razr, the Bionic; and Samsung has the Nexus and Galaxy S2. Apple could do the same with the next iPhones.
New iPhone Could Still Be Called iPhone 5
On the flip side of things, it’s still possible that Apple may keep the iPhone 5 name. After all, people probably wouldn’t be as accepting of a new iPhone known as the New iPhone as they were of the New iPad. At this point, we don’t know for sure which way Apple will go;.
What Do You Think?
Would you prefer the next iPhone to be called the iPhone 5 or the New iPhone? Or something else? Leave a comment below and make your opinion heard.