New iPhone 2010: What does a name mean to you?

By Peter Chubb - Jun 4, 2010

APPLE CEO, Steve Jobs, should announce the new iPhone 2010 at WWDC on Monday, June 7 during a keynote address. We feel that we already know so much about the upcoming handset – well all except its price and more importantly its name. We wonder what a name means to you?

Over the months we have known the fourth-generation smartphone from Apple as the iPhone 4G, HD, Pro, N90 and Mammoth, which Phonesreview discussed. Let us take a closer look into these names; the N90 will never happen as this sounds too much like a Nokia – something that Apple will never want. The Mammoth represents something that is extinct, so cannot see Jobs going for that either.

A huge number of people have latched onto the name iPhone 4G, but why would Apple go for this name as users will get confused and be convinced that they have an iPhone that uses 4G technology – something that we know will not happen. Not that Apple does not have the technology – rather AT&T is unable to implement it on a large scale yet. However, this could lead to Apple allowing the likes of Sprint to start offering the new iPhone to its customers, something that Steve Jobs hinted at during his interview at D8.

We recently wrote an article suggesting that the new iPhone could actually be called the 4GS; this is because an “iPhone 4GS” case popped up. We would not read anything into this – then again we thought that when Gizmodo offered us a first review of what we now know is the new 2010 iPhone.

Normally before a WWDC event we have been blinded with so many rumors on the next iPhone that it is hard to tell what is fact or fiction. This year is so much different as we now know what the new Apple smartphone looks like and most of its specs as well. There is still so much we do not know, so hopefully Steve Jobs will still have something to do while on stage.

I would not like to make a guess as to what the name of the next iPhone will be, but it would be funny if none of the names were right and Apple called it something totally different. Whatever it will be called it will be a superb handset made even better with the launch of iPhone OS 4.0.

How much does a name really matter now that we know so much about the new 2010 iPhone?

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  • Ron

    I Like iPhone Eclipse ..sounds cool no one would think of that !!