My interpretation of Apple's new (possible) naming scheme
Having read a few posts I felt that I should weigh in with my idea (and probably shared by many others) as to how Apple will slowly change it's naming scheme.
For starters, phones have usually used numbers to differentiate models (galaxy S3 and S4, Lumia 920 and 1020 and so on). The iPhone followed this trend, so did the iPad until it decided to scrap this and go with sub titles (3rd gen, 4th gen) and then came the iPad Air. Now they are changing this, to emulate the Mac lineup.
I think Apple is only converging the naming scheme, not the hardware though (like some people are speculating... Macbook Air running ARM cpu? I doubt it)
Here it is, the table so to speak:
- iPad Mini, iPad Air - Consumer device, no need for Pro status or power. The only real difference is screen size
- iPhone Mini (current screen size) and iPhone Air (larger screen size, pretty much same internals ala iPad Mini and Air) - and again, no need for Pro as it's a consumer device. Only difference needed is screen size.
- Mac Mini (maybe even a new cylindrical Mac Mini that's a short Pro?) and Mac Pro (instead of Air, as it's professional and not consumer based, all about power not lightness)
- iMac (Won't mess with this, it doesn't need differentiation as it's in its own category: "all in one")
- Macbook Mini (smaller and maybe lighter, maybe 13" screen in 11" body) and Macbook Pro (15" screen in 13" body or something similar, you get the point) - The rumours of "revolutionary" new models will be true. with the difference being size and maybe power. They will look essentially similar, a new design even? They will blur the line between Air and Pro.
TL;DR? Three overall 'categories' or names, Mini and Air for consumer devices (iPhone and iPad) and Mini and Pro for Pro devices (Mac and Macbook). Like the iPad, the choice will be screen size. In terms of design, they will look the same so it's just a case of one design that scales with minimal changes like the iPad is now.
What do you think?
(p.s. 5C hasn't been super successful. They may carry it on, but I think only as a way to recycle the hardware of the soon to be named iPhone Mini)