Let’s take a look at the history of the iPhone name:
2008 iPhone 3G
2009 iPhone 3GS
2010 iPhone 4
2011 iPhone 4S
2012 iPhone 5
2013 iPhone 5S/5C
2014 iPhone 6/6 Plus
2015 iPhone 6S/6S Plus
2016 iPhone 7/7 Plus/SE
2017 iPhone X/iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus
2018 iPhone XS/XS Max/XR
2019 iPhone ??
If you have an understanding of the history of the iPhone, you should know that Apple’s iPhone 3G from 2008 to 2013 iPhone 5S has been strictly implementing the “single-year speed, double-year replacement” upgrade strategy. Need to explain here, the so-called replacement should have two key indicators: one is the design change; one is the screen size, size changes. For example, screen resolution changes from 3GS to 4, and screen size adjustments from 5S to 6.
Therefore, if this is the standard, the iPhone 6 series to the iPhone 8 series will not be replaced at all, because the design has not changed, and the screen size has not changed (just the specification update). Especially from 7 to 8, most people prefer to view the iPhone 8 series as the iPhone 7S series. In other words, in Apple’s view, the screen size and specifications are no longer the key to determining the iPhone’s “generation”, time is.
Apple chose to skip the iPhone 7S. The direct naming of the iPhone 8 should also be related to the launch of the iPhone X. It may also be related to the upcoming three models of the model, so 8 to 7S is more “formal”.
Apple introduced the iPhone X in 2017 and the iPhone XS and XS Max in 2018. Many people think that 2019 will be the logical launch of iPhone XI and XI Max, followed by the special version of XI iPhone XIR. Perfect, but is it really like this?
Everyone should remember the reaction of everyone after the launch of iPhone X. How should X read it? I think there are still many people who are wrong now. Even English-speaking users will still read X as /eks/ (read Aix, the pronunciation of letter X) instead of Apple’s official promotion of /ten/ (read carbon, English word 10 pronunciation), more Not to mention Chinese users, there are also many people who read “fork” directly.
Apple completed the launch of the iPhone X and the work of subdividing the product line in two years. The author believes that the epoch-making role of the name X has been completed and can be retired. It is time to return to the previous Arabic numerals as the version number. why?
Because Apple has been using simple Arabic digital representations for the first decade of iPhone development, users are already familiar with this naming scheme, and there is no problem with name understanding, which is universal. Relatively speaking, XI and XIS, XII, XIII, XIV, etc., which may appear in the future, are not easy to accept. After all, Roman numerals are far behind the Arabic numerals in terms of global versatility.
How is this called this year? Simple and clear, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11R . Then continue the iPhone 11S, iPhone 11S Max next year.