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Earlier this morning, an explosion went off in the Twitterverse. Did you hear it? Plenty of places covered it, about the source of the explosion. You saw it, right? Heard about it, maybe? It was probably the biggest bit of news that hit the wire, and it wasn't even really news.

That's right. I'll admit it. Apple releasing invitations to an event more than a week in the future isn't really news. Worth mentioning, yes, but nothing to freak out over.

That didn't stop the masses, though. Everyone was all excited about September 12th, when it's expected that Apple will unveil the next version of the iPhone. But, now this is where it gets really interesting, not everyone seems to be all that excited about what the new iPhone may be called.

That seems to be where most of the brouhaha was coming from, really. Yes, people were excited about Apple unveiling a new iPhone, but most of the outcry was focused on one aspect of the invite: the 5. As you can see from the image above, there's a very distinct number 5 cast as a shadow below the 12.

What does that mean? Well, it probably means that the new iPhone is going to be called the iPhone 5. Or, more specifically, that's what it could mean. No one except Apple knows what the final name for the product is going to be, but if we're going to make attempts at a guess, that shadowed five would be a big finger pointed in the "iPhone 5" direction.

Why is that an issue? I'm serious. The more and more I saw people actually freaking out over the expected name, the more I just couldn't fathom why I was seeing what I was seeing. Yes, technically this is indeed the sixth generation iPhone. And, yes, that would mean that the iPhone 5 is the sixth-generation iPhone running iOS 6. It's odd, admittedly, but it isn't a deal breaker in the slightest.

Not for the consumer. The iPhone 4S? That was the fifth-generation iPhone running iOS 5. So, there's that. I asked 15 different people today, all of them just regular consumers, a simple question.

"If you had to guess the next name for the iPhone, what do you think it would be?" Their answer was pretty straightforward: iPhone 5. Some told me it was because it made sense after 4S, only because they went to the iPhone 4 after the iPhone 3GS. Others just pointed out that the next big update would have to be 5, since the last big update was 4.

I'm not going to say that every consumer is like this, but I will suggest that most of them don't really care what the new iPhone is called. It may cause a problem if Apple decided to call it the iPhone Galaxy or something like that, but I imagine if Apple does indeed decide to go with iPhone 5, the general consumer isn't going to care much at all.

Not as long as the phone is worth buying, anyway.

I don't think I've ever actively told myself that I wasn't going to buy a phone because of its name. I'm not even sure that's been a brief thought in mind mind. Why does it matter? I mean, I'm buying the phone for the features, right? If the features speak for themselves, what does the name matter? Does it?

That may be put to the test if a high-end device ever gets released called the Unicorn or something, I suppose. "Here's what's next from HTC! Meet the Unicorn!"

Ah, now that would be interesting.

Okay, but seriously, Dear Reader, can you tell me why you think there's such a backlash over the expected iPhone name? Why is it a big deal if Apple chooses to call it the iPhone 5? Do you care? Are you going to buy it anyway? Or, are you going to skip it entirely, no matter what it's called? Let me know what you think.


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Robert Salender
Robert Salender Nothing is Fascinating about it now that I have a 3DS XL. As long as Banana doesn't steal the autostereoscopic screen...
Robby Olko
Robby Olko Nexus eater? Nexus is the best phone out..
Ian Baylon
Ian Baylon You can change your phone identity for the evo 3D, my phone's now called Ian's Phone #714$W@qED OUT. LOL
Krzysiek Lewandowski
Krzysiek Lewandowski Yes and Lumia seems original.
Angelina Monou Fernandez
Angelina Monou Fernandez Yes, her name is Vicky, and OMG she talks toooo much... See there she go again, OMG Vicky shut up!!!!.... (
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama Love the name of my phone, Galaxy Nexus. I think the original EVO had one of the coolest names.
Joey Colossus Jenrette
Joey Colossus Jenrette As long as it reads Samsung Galaxy ______________.
Daniel Quintero
Daniel Quintero Nexus snarf
Skye Villanueva
Skye Villanueva I care that mine says nexus. :-)
Douglas Prevo
Douglas Prevo Or... you just want to like everything you invite into your life for the duration of a 2 year contract. I doubt you'd buy a car that was called the Chevy Sphincter, or the Toyota Syphilis unless you were on some hard times...
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr I named my skyrocket the nexus eater
Steve Doric
Steve Doric If you do then you have serious issues in your life and are extremely shallow
Douglas Prevo
Douglas Prevo It only matters when I want to gloat to someone, but only when its a name like Defy, or One X, or something cool like that. The phone I wanted to gloat about the most was the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch... but I never wanted to say the whole name to anyone in public.
Daniel Quintero
Daniel Quintero Nope
Zo Strokes
Zo Strokes Why yes, yes I do. It's like Nike vs. Payless shoes. Ciroc vs. Velicoff.
Eric Sirkin
Eric Sirkin It has it's limits (not many) but it is rock solid.
Eric Sirkin
Eric Sirkin not if its called iphone!!!
Steve Johns
Steve Johns Yes when its awesome like the samsung galaxy s3. Not the new iphone lol
Isaac Shinde
Isaac Shinde HTC evo 3d it sounds quite unusual when u say
Joe Noyola
Joe Noyola Yes! I hate when ppl would ask me what phone u have I say vibrant or sensation. Well I not having the problem anymore since I'm sticking with nexus now.




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