iPhone 5 May Simply Be Called the New iPhone, Says Source

March 11, 2012

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.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

JasperQ March 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

"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."

From this logic… wouldn't you expect it to be called the iPhone 6? There was no iPhone2… so they are still counting every updated model, just not numbering. The iPhone 4 was the fourth model released – the 4S was the 5th. It happened already.


Bob Dunseth March 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

iPhone 5 is fine or give it a date just like cars and other products…like iPhone 12 (2012)


Richard Turner March 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm

What's wrong with iPhone 10? I use Firefox 27 (or whatever stupid number they are on now) on Windows 7, watch ITV4 while listening to Radio 7. The higher the number the better! (usually)


iPhone Freak March 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm

You know, if one of the only things that are new on this next iPhone is 4G. Like they did with the iPhone 3 (and 3G), they might just call it the iPhone 4GS


Milton Jackson March 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I prefer that Apple call the latest Iphone – iPhone 5.

Just my opinion!


John Medina March 13, 2012 at 5:42 am

if apple is going to stop the number system, at least stop it after the 5, they already look like fouls callin the ipad 3 " The New Ipad", like what kind of name is that, ill be dissapionted with apple if they do that with the next generation i0S devices, there is no reason to leave out the number, looks better!


@jamesjones_det March 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I don't see any issues with calling the iPhone and iPad simply iPhone and iPad. Apple and other manufactures (Dell for one) have used Mac Mini, iMac, XPS, etc… as the name of their product for years. Most refer to it by model year (2011 mac mini for example).

To add to that all of the iPhones, touches, and iPads to date have a model number printed on the back and in the settings menu. Getting service or asking for the "new iphone" should be no different that what we do in the Apple store today for the "new iMac" or "new Macbook Air".

Just my 2 cents.


Aminu Idris March 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Please call it iPhone 5


Matt March 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I just keep calling it "The i5" rather than the iPhone 5… Sounds more simple and catchy.


IWantMyIphone5 March 14, 2012 at 6:12 am

lol just add a roman numeral to It! the iPhone V!


@ChalkTalkTweet March 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm

It seems to me that the first iPhone was "3G" because of the new cellular wireless technology at the time (actually 2.5G or the like). This new faster technology would make all the difference in what was becoming "smart phones" and consumers would rush to exchange their analog or 2G ordinary cell phones. When 3G really came around with carriers, Apple released the "3GS" because it really took advantage of the available speed, for real. After that, people thought there would be an even better, faster 4th generation "4G" of wireless, and this is probably why Apple launched the iPhone 4 but without including the "G" because no one really knew for sure it would be the recognized technology.. So it wasn't so obvious, although now we talk about 4 LTE…
In any case, without knowing this, it's hard to know why there was no iPhone 1 or 2… and naming it 5 doesn't really make sense in this aspect..
Bottom line, I understand a version naming convention is long due… not only for iPhone but also for the iPad and iPod.


Christopher March 14, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I think people are getting confused about the "new" part. When they call it, the "new iPad", they are not saying the name of the product is "new iPad". It's iPad but it's new. Just like when the released a new version of iMac they called it, "new iMac". The word new is just to signal it's new not be part of it's name.

And support will be the same as it is for the iMacs. You don't say you have an iMac 4. You say you have an iMac and if you need support, on the support site would list them as iMac first generation, iMac second generation etc, with the appropriate years and processor specs next to each so users know which one theres is.

Numbers are helpful in the early days of products, but after they are ubiquitous, they no longer need numbers to sell. As such I'm positive the next iPhone will have no number, and they will still sell like hot cakes.

The only blunder here was the initial confusion from Apple that it was officially called, "new iPad".


hart March 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm

To be honest it really doesnt matter to me what they call the phone whoever owns it can call it what they like. As for my preference in design i hope the iphone is going to look like the phone that is displayed above and if it does i am more then satified. I just want them to beging selling it already we've been delayed more than enough!!!


curtis March 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm

iphone 5 is perfect, but knowing apple they will have some new name for the 6th iphone like they did with the iphone 3g. What are they going to do with the 4th ipad name.


BikerChick86 March 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Well i think they should have names like htc etc.. maybe "iphone olympic" or "iphone jubilee" both names represent 2012?


88keyman March 17, 2012 at 4:08 am

To me, iPhone5 sounds "newer" than just "new iPhone," since I know that all the old iPhones were once new, but none of them were ever "5."


hemanshu T March 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm

wait ! there may be a prefix than a suffix,.. like gromophone! or jphone or -phone or fphone or anny(a total digiltal assistant)=ANY. choices are many but hey steve, what would you have done.


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