Originally Posted by KDarling
Unlike the iPhone, Apply only sells one generation of new iPod touch at a time.
So you think the iPhone 4 and 4S are "new generations" of iPhone, huh.
Even Apple sells older iPod touch by which generation number it is, not by specs.
So do you see any numbers in the name of the product?
On the contrary, Apple hasn't shown any willingness to strip the iPhone name of model numbers.
Where did I say they did? It's easy to argue against something that hasn't happened. They have, however, shown willingness to both never have and to remove numbers from other product lines, even where the same situation as the iPhone occurs.
I just don't see how it could work right now.
By removing the numbers from the product name. Was that so hard to formulate? Why am I even asking this question? Why are YOU even speculating about it? What could have possibly been so hard to imagine about them doing it? They release a new device, but it has no number in the name. That's how it could work right now.
They just drop the number. It's literally that simple.
When someone's mother asks us which of the three current iPhones to order from AT&T, to get the original screen size and Siri, do we reply succinctly with "Aha, you mean the iPhone 4S"... or do we respond with, "Read the online sales specs carefully and figure it out yourself!"
Neither. We're talking sales and service industry here. The customer is already there; it's your job to make it as painless for them as possible. When they're in front of you, assume they've either already done their research or don't care about doing the research. Don't add a second step for them; just get them what they want.
"I want the small phone one with Siri." "Here's the iPhone you want." (middle of the line iPhone)
"I want the small laptop one with retina." "Here's the MacBook Pro you want." (13" MacBook Pro with retina display)
Heck, drop both designators from the MacBook family names. It still works.
"I want the smallest laptop." "Here's the MacBook you want." (currently 11" MacBook Air)
"I want the biggest laptop without retina." "Here's the MacBook you want." (currently 15.4" old-style MacBook Pro)
People look at specs for every other product Apple sells. Why do you claim they don't do the same for the iPhone, even with the numbers?
What about other questions where the person doesn't have a clue what they want?
"Which iPhone do think I should get?" "Oh, I got the middle one. I think you'd be fine with that/you should get the best one/the cheapest one will work for you." "I [perform action] a lot." "Okay, then you should definitely get the middle one/go with the high end."
Same thing as any computer purchase. The name of the product doesn't tell a person anything, number or not.