As rumors surrounding the iPhone 6 continue to swirl, more and more concepts surface, each of which seems to be less creative than the last. Meanwhile speculation about what the next iPhone will be called and when it will be released is heating up even further.

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The iPhone 6 With A Whole New Name

So will the next iPhone be the iPhone 6? Or the iPhone 5S? Or something else entirely? One blogger thinks the traditional numbering system will be dropped this time around because of the expected addition of the low cost model.

Stabley Times’ Jake Robison notes that adding a low cost version of the iPhone changes the game for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and thus, requires a bit of a name change. He believes that the plan of offering past iPhone models as the low cost version no longer works, which is why Apple must release a low cost version offering similar specs as the flagship model but using less expensive components. Both versions must be able to run iOS 7, which means neither of them can be obsolete, as the iPhone 5 may virtually be when iOS 7 is fully launched.

He points to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s decision to drop the number from the iPad lineup. Hence, we have the iPad Mini. Some have speculated that the low cost iPhone will be the iPhone Light, so this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this. However, Robison goes a step further and says the iPhone 6 flagship model might become something else as well, completely doing away with the numbering system.

New iPhone 6 Concept

The low cost iPhone is widely expected to have a plastic back, but many Apple fans still want the iPhone 6 flagship to have an aluminum back and a glass front like the iPhone 5. Phones Review put together a new iPhone 6 concept which shows off a screen that covers the entire front side of the device. The screen is 4.5 inches, and the home button has been shifted to the side. The volume controls are touch sensitive, and there are 10+ different background colors available on the device. All in all, this concept isn’t much different than what we’ve seen before.

iPhone 6 Release Date

And finally we come to the iPhone 6 release date. We’ve heard everything from this fall to next June, although some believe it must come out on or before Thanksgiving in order to be in fans’ hands just in time for the holidays.

Of course the prediction that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will slash its iPhone estimates for the second half of the year has the rumor mill running in connection with the iPhone 6 release date. If such a reduction does happen, does that mean we won’t see the iPhone 6 this year at all?

Or perhaps it means that we will see the next high end model this year, but we won’t see the low end model this year because it’s the high end smartphones that are struggling right now. Even sales of the Samsung Galaxy S4 started falling not long after its release this year, signaling a major slowdown in the high end market. It could be that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is looking to the low end iPhone rather than the iPhone 6 for its game changer. Or perhaps there’s another product in the pipeline that Apple hopes will greatly overshadow the iPhone. We won’t know until we know.