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Wouldn't it be Called iPhone 6?

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People keep saying that the iPhone 4S is an iterative bump while the next big iPhone redesign will be released in 2012 under the name iPhone 5. Wouldn’t it actually be an iPhone 6? Dig:

  • 2007: iPhone
  • 2008: iPhone 3G
  • 2009: iPhone 3GS
  • 2010: iPhone 4
  • 2011: iPhone 4S

The next iPhone will in fact be the 6th iPhone model ever.

Apple didn’t do themselves any favors by naming their second phone “3G”. Almost every non-tech nerd I know doesn’t realize that there is a difference between the 3G and the 3GS and most call last year’s model the iPhone 4G. It’s the most confusing naming convention in Apple’s lineup.

I hope they move to a different convention before the next phone comes out. Perhaps make the flagship iPhone an iPhone Pro and flip the iPhone 4S to just plain iPhone and leave the iPhone 3GS as 3GS until it goes out of production.

I don’t know where they’ll take things next, but iPhone 5 is numerically inconsistent and iPhone 6 is just confusing. Gotta change the name eventually.

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