Is the iPhone About to Go Pro?

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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.

Now MacRumors has a fresh report to go along with one from a source that has a bit of a track record. The track record comes from the anonymous Twitter account CoinX.

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.

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.

James Rogers

I am a Christian husband and father of 3 living in the Southeastern US. I have worked as a programmer and project manager in the Commercial and Industrial Automation industry for over 19 years, so I am hands on with technology almost every day. However, my passion in technology is for mobile devices, specifically Apple's iOS and iPadOS hardware and software. My favorite is still the iPad.

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