Originally Posted by sflocal
Oh come on... at least make a shred of thinking effort!
v1 = iPhone
v2 = iPhone 3g
v3 = iPhone 3gs
v4 = iPhone 4
v5 = iPhone 4s
v6 = iPhone 5
Wow, how'd I go this long without tearing this apart?
Here we go, I'll just steal from myself for this. Hopefully we can put it to rest once and for all.
First iPhone. Called iPhone. No suffix. Makes perfect sense.
Second iPhone. Gets a redesign. They could have called it the iPhone 2, but since it also added 3G telephony, that was the highlight and it became the iPhone 3G.
Third iPhone. Same case design. Same telephony generation as previous, but faster. At this stage, iPhone 3 wouldn't have made sense, as cognitively it sounds like they're going backwards. Alphabetically and hierarchically, "3G" sounds newer/higher on the scale than "3". Hence 3GS, highlighting speed.
Fourth iPhone. Case redesign. Same telephony generation as previous. Because no telephony was changed but the case was, Apple went with a generation name to distinguish it. Hence iPhone 4.
Fifth iPhone. Same case design. Same telephony generation as previous, but faster. Does this sound familiar? Hence 4S. Highlighting speed.
IF. *pause for effect* IF. the next iPhone gets a case redesign, we'll have another scenario like the 1st gen to the 2nd gen. We haven't had one of those since. So what's logical, according to Apple's own past naming conventions? Naming the device after the generation of telephony it will get is logical (And while the iPhone receiving LTE is as equally 'IF' as a case redesign, I'm going to assume it will happen for the sake of the argument. First, there's a new generation of LTE chips coming out with power draws at the level Apple likes. Second, I'm sure you're an LTE proponent, too. But I digress.).
So what does that mean? Will we see an iPhone 4G next? No. Apple themselves have said that they are letting the carriers decide what is and is not 4G. That's why the iPhone 4S isn't marketed as having 4G by Apple, even though AT&T thinks their abject laziness allows them to call 4G whatever they want it called.
So how about a tighter-fitting name? iPhone LTE, perhaps? I've thrown that off the table, but you can pick it up if you want. There's only a very, VERY slight chance that Apple would use it, as they didn't call the iPhone 3G the "iPhone HSPA" and they didn't call the iPhone 3GS the "iPhone HSPA+". Apple doesn't name devices after a specific subset of cellular telephony, just the broader generation thereof.
So what does that leave? If Apple doesn't call it the 4G or the LTE, the only thing left, based on Apple's OWN HISTORY of naming devices, is to name it after the generation of device.