Not picking on you in particular, but to those who think it will be called "the new iPhone," ...
... how does this make any sense at all when they are selling multiple different models of the iPhone from multiple years at the same time?
Why for instance would they do this for the next iPhone, but then switch back to version numbers next time? And if they don't (switch back), how are they going to sell multiple versions of the iPhone at the same time if they are all called "the new iPhone?" I would argue that as long as they are selling multiple versions from multiple years, that they need some kind of term to delineate which model is which, especially when you consider the very similar industrial designs of each model. If the iPhone 4 and 4s had both been introduced as "the new iPhone" when new, how would they sell them now when there are few visible differences between them?
IMO, it's more likely that they adopt the same thing Microsoft does for their crappy OS, i.e.- "years" instead of version numbers, like "the 2012 iPhone" or "iPhone (2012 edition)" or some such. That way they could force the stupid media to stop making up their own stupid terms like "3G", "4G" etc., and confusing everything.
Oh yeah, I'd thought about this too. It's actually the biggest argument in favor of something else than The New iPhone. It totally dismisses the idea imo.
It's not like the iPad that was completely replaced by the iPad 2 and the same with the new iPad. They are treating iPads like they treat computers. There's no iMac 2, 3 every year, just an update. It doesn't work like this with phones, and there'll always be a market for last gen phones. iPhone 5 !!!