Photo Source: MacRumors
Rumors of an iPhone Pro have come around before, but never actually come to pass. It makes sense when you consider that Apple has a Mac Pro, a MacBook Pro, an iMac Pro and even an iPad Pro. However, they have held out from using the Pro label on a smartphone to this point.
“Pro” for iPhone? Crazy naming schemes over the past few years.
— CoinX (@coiiiiiiiin) August 10, 2019
So why should be care what this person says about iPhone names? Well, whoever this is, they called the names of last year’s lineups before anyone else. Apple’s use of Max and R were unique, so the chances of this person just guessing correctly are low.
2018 iPhone naming:
iPhone Xs Max
See you next week
— CoinX (@coiiiiiiiin) September 3, 2018
According to MacRumors, they got an anonymous tip on August 5th saying that the larger new iPhone would be called the iPhone Pro:
For what it’s worth, MacRumors received the following anonymous tip on August 4: “The square camera iPhone will be called the iPhone 11 Pro. This is fact.” It would be a disservice to our readers to simply pass along any unsubstantiated tip we receive, but it is now worth mentioning in light of this tweet.
So this report is likely reputable. The question I have is why now? Why use the Max name for a year and then toss it? I didn’t think it was the greatest name ever, but it was at least indicative of the change in the size of the device. However, if this year’s iPhone only upgrades are a 3rd camera lens and a better A-Series processor, then what exactly does the “Pro” in iPhone Pro mean?
I’m going to go back to the well one more time here. I have been an advocate for Pencil compatibility for the iPhone for quite some time. I know plenty of people disagree with me, but I know I would absolutely use it and I’m definitely not alone. Could the Pro moniker point to the same feature that followed this name to the iPad?
That sounds reasonable on the surface, but there have been all kinds of leaks and rumors covering the features of this year’s iPhones and I can’t remember a single mention of Pencil compatibility. I gave up hope after last year, so I haven’t even brought it up this Summer.
While matching the naming convention of the iPhone to the iPad makes sense to me, Apple hasn’t always been consistent in how they have used the name on other devices in the past. As much as I would love to be right, I have to think the odds are low that a likely name change means that I will finally get the small screen Pencil compatibility that I want. But here’s hoping.