With the introduction of the 2017 iPhones, Apple backed itself into a corner regarding its naming convention, so how it will proceed in 2018? After all, it currently has three phones using two different types of numerals, a skipped digit, and a Plus version.
In our recent article '2018 iPhones: Everything we know so far' we briefly touched on the possible names Apple could adopt for its upcoming iPhones. As it turns out, this in itself generated quite a lively debate so we thought we'd go over the available options.
The introduction of the iPhone X resulted in Apple having three flagship grade iPhones in its 2017 line-up as opposed to its usual two, covering two distinct designs. All the signs point to this changing this year as Apple consolidates its iPhone line-up doubling down on Face ID, gestures and an all-screen design - notch, sadly, included.Predicted 2018 iPhones to be launched next month
Apple will revert to having two flagship phones differentiated by their OLED screens, cameras, RAM, storage and premium grade materials.
To provide clarity for your thought processes we've split out the subject into two distinct sections. Flagships - the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone models and mainstream referring to the rumored lone 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.
As with most informed decisions you can't consider things in isolation, as such, here's some background musings to help you make your decision.
iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus - Continues the naming convention while providing future flexibility for cascading down in the iPhone range. However, doesn't fully recognize the achievement of the iPhone X and takes a step down from the iPhone X. A rather unlikely option.
iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Plus - A not-so-smooth transition from the iPhone X reverting back from Roman numerals (until it's 20th anniversary iPhone XX). Provides future flexibility for cascading down in the iPhone range. Doesn't directly recognize the achievement of the iPhone X.
iPhone X and iPhone X Plus or iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Plus - Celebrates the 'nexus point' that the iPhone X represented. Apple will remain with and embrace the X moniker, as it did in the past with its Mac Operating System (OS X) to celebrate the new path taken by the iPhone X. Problematic for cascading down in the iPhone range, something Apple didn't need to worry about with OS X.
iPhone X 2 and iPhone X 2 Plus - Celebrates the iPhone X. Provides future flexibility for cascading down in the iPhone range. However, the names seem a little convoluted, and we'd envisage some consumers calling it the ten-2.
iPhone and iPhone Plus - Adopts the approach take with iPad by dropping the model number. Problematic for cascading down in the iPhone range and creates a proper mess for online shoppers.
iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Plus - Mirroring approach taken by the iPad Pro's, Apple could choose to differentiate its flagship products with the Pro moniker. Problematic for cascading down in the iPhone range, while Pro Plus moniker reminds us of a pharmaceutical drug.
iPhone - Adopts the approach of the iPad by dropping the model number. Only works if flagship iPhones carry a Pro or some other differentiating moniker. Problematic for cascading down in the iPhone range which must surely now be a consideration due to it's higher price point.
iPhone SE or iPhone SE 2 - Doesn't differentiate the step-change from the current iPhone SE. Current iPhone SE sits at the bottom of the iPhone line up while new iPhone SE would sit much higher. Problematic for cascading down in the iPhone range.
iPhone SE Plus - Differentiates itself from current iPhone SE allowing that model to remain in the line up (assuming the iPhone 6s doesn't replace it). Problematic for cascading down in the iPhone range.
iPhone 11 SE - Coherent if flagships follow iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Plus naming conventions. Could the SE moniker make it seem more than the OLED iPhone in consumers minds?
You've read our musings, and now it's your turn to vote, we've got two polls for you. If you feel we've missed any possible permutations off leave your ideas in the comments section.
the mainstream phone should be named iphone 9 and the flagships named 11 and 11plus. reset from there and don't fudge it up this time.
.. well said .. xd
...iPhone X, Y, Z (you guys clearly aren't that big into mathematics)