Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
That it continues to do as well as it has been shows the "S" name doesn't diminish anything, and it's certainly not wrong to use that naming convention.
Nor has it been shown wrong to give arbitrary number names, though that doesn't make said names any more sensible.
Agree. You want the 2013 iPhone? Well it's probably going to be called the "5S." Whatever.
I just think it's slightly awkward to keep using the same number for 2 years, adding an "S" suffix in the 2nd year.
The "S," to me anyway, implies a variant on a theme. Like the Porsche Carrera 4 and Porsche Carrera 4S.
They are both current year cars, and they're sold side by side, but the "S" is faster and costs more.
But I think it would be equally awkward if Apple had called the 3GS the "4," for example.
Because the "S" odd-year models are essentially higher-performance variants of the previous year's non-S model.
Maybe it would make more sense to call the iPhones "the 2013 iPhone," "the 2014 iPhone," etc.
It would eliminate all confusion over the model year of each phone. And it would make the current
model even more appealing. Because really, who wants last year's phone?
The problem with attaching a model year to each iPhone is that Apple has only ever released iPhones in the
second half of the year. That "2013" model year will only be current for a few months before calendar year
2014 rolls around. It shortens the shelf life of the branding. Going back to the auto industry, this is why there
are already 2014 cars on the road even though 2014 is almost 9 months away. To give each model year a
longer perceived shelf life. The last remaining 2014 Taurus at your Ford dealer won't be "last year's model"
until 1/1/15, almost a year and 9 months from now. Makes it easier to sell the last few cars of a model year.
But would Apple move iPhone release to the beginning of the year just to stretch each model's "freshness"?
Balancing all this is the fact that most US customers are on 2 year contracts and won't update their iPhones
every year anyway. So no, there's not a massive difference between an iPhone N and iPhone NS. But
there's a huge difference between an iPhone N and iPhone N+1 and between an iPhone NS and
iPhone (N+1)S. There's little or no pressure on Apple to make odd year phones vastly better than even year phones.