What you need to know
- A historically accurate Apple leaker suggests a new iPhone Pro
- The leaker has correctly predicted features of the iPhone XS before release
- This would be the first time the "Pro" name joined the iPhone family
An anonymous Twitter account has suggested that the new iPhone that is likely to be announced this September might be called the iPhone Pro.
Twitter user CoinX tweeted this morning "'Pro' for iPhone? Crazy naming schemes over the past few years." You can see the tweet and head over to Twitter to see the comments on it below:
While there normally isn't much weight to be put behind an anonymous Twitter account with a blank head, CoinX has actually predicted the name of previous iPhones, correctly naming the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR a week before they were announced.
This prediction, however, does not specifically say in what way Apple will use the "Pro" name. Could it be the iPhone Pro? The iPhone 11 Pro? The iPhone 11 Pro Max? Could the newest version of the iPhone XR become the new baseline "iPhone" and the successor to the iPhone XS the new "iPhone Pro"? All of that still remains shrouded in its expected mystery before Tim Cook and team take the stage next month.
If this prediction is actually proven true, this will be the first time that the Pro name comes to the iPhone family. While it would be new here, Apple has already brought the name to most of its other product lines: the iMac Pro in 2017, iPad Pro in 2015, and the Mac and Macbook Pro all the way back in 2006. It's a naming convention that separates their product line to those who need a device for everyday purposes and those who need to push the performance of the product.
If the iPhone Pro debuts in September, it's sure to come with some features not be found in the regular version of the iPhone, and that's actually perfectly fine. Most people are going to well served by the iPhone 11 (or whatever it may be called). The iPhone Pro, or the iPhone 11 Pro, will push the boundaries of what a phone can be, and it will be for those who want a device that does exactly that.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
The iPad Pro naming, I get - might not be "Pro enough" for everyone, but it can be used in many professional scenarios as a *primary* device. I can't say that for an iPhone, unless it can be docked or plugged into a larger display to run desktop apps. Maybe the "Pro" moniker simply refers to "proprietary" for continuing to milk the lightning port, or possibly "profanity" for the cussing I'll be doing once I see the new jacked up price.
Maybe the “iPhone Pro” will have USB-C while the non-pro iPhones continue to use Apple’s Lightning implementation? Not defending the naming scheme btw, just a thought.
That, plus bi-directional charging and Pencil support! THAT would be a Pro device.
I've got my fingers crossed
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