By Stephen Schenck | February 19, 2014 3:56 PM
Industry sources sure have been insistent that we’re looking forward to not just multiple iPhone models this year, like last year’s pairing of the 5S with the 5C, but we could be getting multiple sizes, as well. The details have shifted around time and time again, but the general idea has been that of a smaller phone – though maybe larger than current-gen models, moving up to the 4.7-inch range – as well as a larger model – something in the upper five-inch space and unmistakably a phablet. While that general idea is still in the running, today we get an update about what Apple might be thinking so far as branding goes, and it’s a departure from our expectations.
So far, we’ve been talking about the “iPhone 6.” Will that be how the hardware actually arrives? Probably not, because especially if we’re talking about two devices, they can’t both be the iPhone 6. So maybe iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+? iPhone 6 Max? iPhone 6 Pro? There are plenty of possibilities, but we assumed it would be iPhone something.
Now, a report out of Asia claims that the larger phablet model may not be an iPhone at all, with Apple introducing some new branding. We don’t actually learn what it might change to, but guesses like iPhablet or maybe even iNote (just to mess with Samsung) sound like plausible alternatives.
Then again, this idea is getting a LOT of push-back, with plenty of people doubtful that Apple would even consider moving attention away from the iPhone brand itself. They have a fair point, and we might want to wait for more confirmation before getting too invested in this idea.