iPhone 4G Release Date, Is ‘iPhone 4G’ Misleading?

iPhone 4G Release Date, Is ‘iPhone 4G’ Misleading?

Everyone is talking about the coming 4G revolution. A new, faster, more efficient mobile web browsing experience. There are quite a few videos on YouTube that show people testing the 4G mobile web browsing speed and from the looks of things, 4G will give you about a 2.5 mega byte download speed – not bad for browsing from your phone.

Is Apple misleading with their use of ‘4G’ language?

I wrote an article the other day about the upcoming Sprint HTC EVO 4G mobile phone that will be powered by Android. The HTC EVO is supposedly going to be the first legitimate 4G mobile phone in the United States. And when Sprint uses the term ‘4G’ – they are actually referring to the speed of the mobile web browser.

Apple is fully expected to announce the iPhone 4G on June 7th at the WWDC2010 conference in San Francisco. This venue has been used by Apple to announce every other iPhone launch, so it makes sense it would be used this year to announce the new iPhone 4G.

But when Apple says “iPhone 4G”, what are they (Apple) really saying?

And again, I don’t proclaim to know all the details surrounding the iPhone 4G so don’t get me wrong here – I’m merely raising a point of discussion.

But I believe when Apple, or anyone, uses the term iPhone 4G, I believe what is actually being referred to is the fourth generation iPhone, not an iPhone that has 4G mobile web browsing speed.

And because of this misleading terminology, I think there are a lot people out there who are being delivered a wrong and misleading marketing message.

Up until I wrote the HTC EVO 4G article, I never even considered the fact that Apple might actually just be referring to a fourth generation iPhone. I was always under the impression we were talking about an iPhone with 4G mobile web browsing speed.

What about you?

What do you think the ‘4G’ in iPhone 4G really means?

Have you always assumed that the 4G means 4G mobile web browsing speed?

Do you think Apple might be a bit misleading with the iPhone 4G concept?

  • macgirl

    Apple itself has not used the term 'iPhone 4G,' it's a media dub. Do some research :)

  • macgirl

    Apple itself has not used the term 'iPhone 4G,' it's a media dub. Do some research :)

  • Thee Wolf

    Apple has never used the term iPhone 4G. That's the name the media and fans have given it! Yeah I agree with macgirl, do some research!

  • Thee Wolf

    Apple has never used the term iPhone 4G. That's the name the media and fans have given it! Yeah I agree with macgirl, do some research!

  • Ned

    What the???? I've never heard anyone call it IPhone 4g.
    I am sure glad you were able to figure out that Apple is possibly unvieling the 4th generation phone – way to use your head champ!
    They are also coming out with OS4…OS stands for operating system.

  • Ned

    What the???? I've never heard anyone call it IPhone 4g.
    I am sure glad you were able to figure out that Apple is possibly unvieling the 4th generation phone – way to use your head champ!
    They are also coming out with OS4…OS stands for operating system.

  • zjb2000

    you are a complete dildo.

  • zjb2000

    you are a complete dildo.

  • luism

    You guys do not need to do research.. just need to learn how to read:

    "I don’t proclaim to know all the details surrounding the iPhone 4G so don’t get me wrong here – I’m merely raising a point of discussion."

    Of course apple has not said anything about a "4G", however, iFans refer to it as if it is a 4G phone.

    If Apple calls the next iphone "iPhone 4G" then this article we just read will be 100% true and they will be misleading people.

  • luism

    You guys do not need to do research.. just need to learn how to read:

    "I don’t proclaim to know all the details surrounding the iPhone 4G so don’t get me wrong here – I’m merely raising a point of discussion."

    Of course apple has not said anything about a "4G", however, iFans refer to it as if it is a 4G phone.

    If Apple calls the next iphone "iPhone 4G" then this article we just read will be 100% true and they will be misleading people.

    • macgirl

      "Is Apple misleading with their use of ‘4G’ language?"

      "But when Apple says “iPhone 4G”, what are they (Apple) really saying?"

      "But I believe when Apple, or anyone, uses the term iPhone 4G"

      "Do you think Apple might be a bit misleading with the iPhone 4G concept?"

      We can read, perhaps you cannot. The article clearly says that Apple is using the term '4G.'

  • zjb2000

    if your dumb enough to be steves iSheep then you deserve that yesterdays technology phone.

  • zjb2000

    if your dumb enough to be steves iSheep then you deserve that yesterdays technology phone.

  • lovemuffin

    LOL… 4G is 4th generation! that was made clear and not misleading!! IDIOT!!!

  • lovemuffin

    LOL… 4G is 4th generation! that was made clear and not misleading!! IDIOT!!!

  • 4G

    again Apple as never referred to it as 4G, hell Apple is not even saying that there is a new iPhone coming…and they for a fact will not all it iPhone 4G!
    I’ve heard it called more like iPhone HD

    lol…i like how zjb2000 called you a dildo for this bone head move :)

  • 4G

    again Apple as never referred to it as 4G, hell Apple is not even saying that there is a new iPhone coming…and they for a fact will not all it iPhone 4G!
    I’ve heard it called more like iPhone HD

    lol…i like how zjb2000 called you a dildo for this bone head move :)

  • Mike

    lol Apple has never once called it an 'iPhone 4G".

    Apple hasn't even said a word about having a new iPhone.

  • Mike

    lol Apple has never once called it an 'iPhone 4G".

    Apple hasn't even said a word about having a new iPhone.

  • macgirl

    "Is Apple misleading with their use of ‘4G’ language?"

    "But when Apple says “iPhone 4G”, what are they (Apple) really saying?"

    "But I believe when Apple, or anyone, uses the term iPhone 4G"

    "Do you think Apple might be a bit misleading with the iPhone 4G concept?"

    We can read, perhaps you cannot. The article clearly says that Apple is using the term '4G.'

  • Gary Unger

    I don't have any problem referring to it as the "iPhone 4G" to designate the anticipated new phone, whether or not Apple has said anything official about it. A google search of iphone 4G returns over 6 1/2 million hits. It's entered the common vocabulary and therefore fully appropriate to use.

    And yes, it has created confusion, probably because Apple wants it that way. The new phone will be announced as being able to run on Verizon's 4G to-be-rolled out network, and I'll take bets on it.

    Gary Unger

  • Gary Unger

    I don't have any problem referring to it as the "iPhone 4G" to designate the anticipated new phone, whether or not Apple has said anything official about it. A google search of iphone 4G returns over 6 1/2 million hits. It's entered the common vocabulary and therefore fully appropriate to use.

    And yes, it has created confusion, probably because Apple wants it that way. The new phone will be announced as being able to run on Verizon's 4G to-be-rolled out network, and I'll take bets on it.

    Gary Unger

  • OP is a Moron

    Apple never called it iphone 4G, you did, and the rest of the world.
    Apple will most likely call it iPhone HD.

  • OP is a Moron

    Apple never called it iphone 4G, you did, and the rest of the world.
    Apple will most likely call it iPhone HD.

  • Joe

    Apple does not speak on unannounced products. Therefore, Apple is not misleading with any product branding. Having said that, there would be no reason for people to name the fourth generation iPhone as iPhone 4G. In the past Apple has released 3 iPhones, iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S. These product names had to do with the speed of the device, not the generation. iPhone 3G was because it was the first iPhone to run on AT&T’s 3G network. iPhone 3G S ran on the 3G network and had extra built in Speed. So, if Apple were to name an unannounced product the iPhone 4G then they would be breaking from the routine of naming iPhones. Keep in mind, the second generation iPhone was named iPhone 3G. If apple named the new iPhone iPhone 4G then the iPhone 3G should have been dubbed iPhone 2G. If Apple does announce an iPhone named iPhone 4G it would be named such due to the fact it would be running on a 4G network, not because of the generation of the device. Hope this clears up any confusion.

  • Joe

    Apple does not speak on unannounced products. Therefore, Apple is not misleading with any product branding. Having said that, there would be no reason for people to name the fourth generation iPhone as iPhone 4G. In the past Apple has released 3 iPhones, iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S. These product names had to do with the speed of the device, not the generation. iPhone 3G was because it was the first iPhone to run on AT&T’s 3G network. iPhone 3G S ran on the 3G network and had extra built in Speed. So, if Apple were to name an unannounced product the iPhone 4G then they would be breaking from the routine of naming iPhones. Keep in mind, the second generation iPhone was named iPhone 3G. If apple named the new iPhone iPhone 4G then the iPhone 3G should have been dubbed iPhone 2G. If Apple does announce an iPhone named iPhone 4G it would be named such due to the fact it would be running on a 4G network, not because of the generation of the device. Hope this clears up any confusion.

  • macgirl

    "Is Apple misleading with their use of ‘4G’ language?"

    "But when Apple says “iPhone 4G”, what are they (Apple) really saying?"

    "But I believe when Apple, or anyone, uses the term iPhone 4G"

    "Do you think Apple might be a bit misleading with the iPhone 4G concept?"

    We can read, perhaps you cannot. The article clearly says that Apple is using the term '4G.'

  • Jds

    when did apple ever call the new iphone “iphone4G”??? The name of the new iphone is “iphone4”. This article is a waste of space