Originally Posted by melgross
I gave several reasons why 5 makes sense. It seems as though you haven't read them.
Okay, these are your reasons:
But "5" seems to be a better bet than "6". Why would Apple skip a number here.
In this one, there's no reasoning beyond "a better bet". I have no idea why you think you can dismiss my straight logic as being nebulous when you've said this. As for the second sentence, I refer you to the iPhone and the iPhone 3G. There's no iPhone 2.
And I would imagine that if you asked most people, they would think the next phone will be named the 5.
This is just about the only legitimate reason you've given. Or the closest thing to one, at any rate. Apple doesn't tend to follow what people "think the name might be", though. People mocked "iPad" at first, and I remember iTab, iSlate, and my personal favorite, Slice (as in Apple Slice) were preferred over it.
If so, and the new phone has a bigger screen, and thus a new body, it could be named the "5".
Your reason here is 'because it has a bigger screen and a new body, it could be named the 5". Could you explain what, aside from receiving a 5" screen, would make this make any sense? The iPhone 4 had a 3.5" screen. It wasn't called the iPhone 3.5.
I think that here is where the inherent problem lies.
So the first named phone was the 3G. Nothing to do with generation there. The next is (almost wrote "was") the 3GS. Not named after the generation, but after "speed". The 4 followed the 3 series, also getting two generations in with the 4S. So why would anyone think that Apple will change and skip to 6?
You say the "4 [got] two generations". No. That's not how it works. New hardware equals a new generation. Period. You say they would "skip a generation" by giving it a "6". So…
Okay, the rest of this hinges on your explanation of the meaning of "iPhone 4", which you've yet to give. I can't rebut what you haven't said (well, I can, but that's insanely rude and just putting words in people's mouths).
If you ask Joe Public what the next phone will be called, almost every one will say the iPhone 5. why go against that?
I return to my point about the prerelease names of the iPad. The same question could be asked of any of them, the situation there is simply more nebulous. There is nothing about the next generation of iPhone that can say '5'. There was everything about the first iPad that could have said "slate", "tab", or "slice".
The only thing that seems to make sense is the marketing reason for naming.
What IS this 'marketing reason'?
For example, show where every phone so far designates the generation. You can't, because it doesn't.
That's right. Good thing I never said that, then.
The only phone that seems to do that is the 4. That's one phone out of five. So it means nothing. It's coincidence. Coincidence does exist, you know.
So you're not going to explain why you think they named the iPhone 4 the "iPhone 4" (other than its generation number), then. Why not?
"I said they swap and stack naming schemes." then I guess you think Apple has no long term plans.
I think you've missed the part where it's visibly apparent that they've done that. I'll go over it again.
1st gen iPhone: Named for generation.
2nd gen iPhone: Named for telephony.
3rd gen iPhone: Named for speed, carrying over telephony designation.
4th gen iPhone: Named for generation.
5th gen iPhone: Named for speed, carrying over generation designation.
6th gen iPhone: Named for…