Will Apple call the next gen iPhone the 4G? Most have been calling the unannounced device the iPhone 5, but recent reports speculate that Apple could end up calling it the 4s (like the 3GS).

AT&T has changed its 4G nomenclature to include devices that previously weren’t fast enough to be considered “4G.” In AT&T’s latest series of marketing campaigns, they have started to call slower devices “4G.” The devices that are referenced by AT&T posses the same speeds as what is expected from the next iPhone.

This is My Next explains the 4G terminology,

“To be very clear, “4G” meant virtually nothing already; it just means less than ever now. Of course, branding is often meaningless and misleading — no surprise there — but in AT&T’s case, it also means that HSPA users are being placed on “4G” data plans that are completely independent of their “3G” equivalents. This isn’t merely a possibility, it’s already happening to everyone that’s got a device with “4G” in its name. And there’s nothing stopping them from pricing these plans differently or offering 4G-specific data buckets down the road. With AT&T’s promise to launch 20 “4G” devices this year, we’re looking at a lot of subscribers — and many of them won’t be on HSPA+ or LTE.”

4G devices originally possessed speeds of up to 21Mbps on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, but AT&T has started calling average, 14.4Mbps HSPA devices ‘4G’ as well in its marketing.

Handsets like the HPalm Veer 4G and HTC Inspire 4G have been given the 4G title, even though they operate on the same Qualcomm chips as the iPhone.

The next gen iPhone is expected to use the same Qualcomm chip as the current Verizon iPhone, which would make it a dual-mode phone for all U.S. carriers. Verizon’s CFO recently let the cat out of the bag by calling the next iPhone a “global device.”

Because AT&T is already calling devices of the same network caliber as the iPhone “4G,” it stands to reason that the carriers will want Apple’s next smartphone to adopt that naming scheme. Even if Apple refused to call it the iPhone 4G, the device would still be classified as 4G by the carriers.

We’ve had the iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, and 4. Apple moved away from the “G” with the latest generation. It’s highly doubtful that they would return to that convention with the next iPhone. Apple has never been the type of company that would allow a carrier to decide on things like product names.

What do you think? Do you like the sound of the iPhone 4S, 4G, or 5? iPhone 5 sounds good to me.

[9to5Mac]

  • Pete

    New phone will be called 4s

    • Maybe… Not sure!
      It could be called iPhone 4G!

  • Burge

    Aslong as it’s better , faster , has more battery power, just like every new iPhone as had from the one before, I don’t care what they call it..4s 4g i5 . It’s going to be better than the one before..

  • .

    If it releases next year with A5 Processor, and the AT&T satellites are upgraded to 4G by December, it’s possible it’ll be called iPhone 4GS

  • BLiNK

    as crazy it sounds; the only reason i would consider upgrading is if indeed the battery life were greatly improved over the 4. i’m a battery whore

  • Juan

    It could be NG -NeXT genaration-

  • daniel

    I think it would be silly to call the next iPhone “4G” because we have received confirmation that it will not have LTE and therefore will not have any kind of 4G on Verizon. The iPhone that gets LTE (very likely the 6th generation) will be called the iPhone 4G.

    This makes it silly to call the next iPhone “5” as well. Think about it: one generation is called the 5, and the next is called the 4G. It sounds like a step backwards, doesn’t it? A company like Apple, which is so concerned about branding and rolling out incremental upgrades, wouldn’t name their products in a way that makes the new version sound worse than the old.

    If I had to guess, I would say it will be called the “4S”, or maybe the “V” (Roman numeral for five). I guess we’ll all find out before too long.

  • i like 4G because i have bought an iphone4G site 😛 haha

  • Eddy

    There was never an iPhone 2G.. It was just the iPhone

  • Daniel CG

    I don’t think Apple would make an iPhone 4, then an iPhone 4G because the “G” isn’t enough for consumers to tell the difference. Theres already a blurred definition of “G” (Generation of device, generation of cell technology) and I think an iPhone ‘4G’ would be very confusing for customers.

  • IPhoneuser16

    I’d like it to be 4S it just sounds so right

  • Anon

    iPhone 5 4G. Nothing hard for naming here!

  • I think it will be like the jump from the3g to the 3GS (no visual Change) so it I’ll be called the iPhone 4s

  • megatr0n

    jus call it iPhone 5.

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  • Braulio

    If they don’t change the way it looks then it should be called the iPhone 4S.

  • iPhone5SickofWaitinG

    Who cares what they call it. Just release it already. And Ehemmm, If the back side of the next iphone would look like that convex thing in the picture… I’ll keep my current cellphone. I don’t want to cut my leg while having that thing in my pocket. That too looks aweful. Shae may work for Ipad but IMO, not for cellphones. Specially like me, I like texting freehand (not holding the phone and let it sit on the table). It just won’t wor k for me.