Why did Apple skip the iPhone 9?

Every answer here praising Apple like they’re some kind of marketing genius or something. No, the truth is that Apple isn’t very consistent with their naming. Period.

Let’s take a look at all the iPhones and see the reasoning behind those names

iPhone – this is the first iPhone and as such, this naming is totally appropriate. Otherwise known as the first iPhone or iPhone 1.

iPhone 3G – this is the second iPhone. there was no iPhone 2 because the biggest feature of the second iPhone was 3G connectivity therefore it was called the iPhone 3G. This is the only time the iPhone was named after one of its technology features – and set the naming scheme for the next decade.

iPhone 3GS – this is the first time the ‘S’ was added denoting ‘speed’. In the future, iPhone models with the ‘S’ appended are usually incremental upgrades, with the S standing for the signature incremental improvement which is usually the processor/ram i.e Speed.

iPhone 4 – Because the second iphone was named the 3G, the next iPhones all follow in numerical order. Not only that but this really was the 4th generation iPhone, so the naming here makes sense. The form factor was also changed here, from curved sides to rectangular sides (IMO my favorite design). Design changes are usually denoted with (but now always) new iPhone (non S) numbers.

iPhone 4S – a speed and camera upgrade, and also adding Siri support, it makes sense for this model to be denoted with the ‘S’ added to it.

iPhone 5 – A display change from 3.5″ to 4″ along with the change to a lightning connector, as well as the first to support LTE, is the major differentiating factor here, warranting a new iPhone number.

iPhone 5C – this is the only time the iPhone has used a ‘C’ appended to it – this was meant to be the ‘cheaper’ version of the iPhone 5S – but the ‘C’ was never used for their ‘cheaper’ models ever again..
Edit
: I’ve been told that the C stands for “colors” not “cheap”. It still doesn’t make sense. Other iPhones have colors too. They never used C again.
Edit 2:
Ok I’ve been corrected again apparently it stands for ‘vibrant, bright colors’. Allow me to roll my eyes. In any case, it’s no less inconsistent and thus my point still stands.

iPhone 5S – a speed and camera upgrade, as well as introducing TouchID. No changes in design. These are noticeable incremental upgrades, so it makes sense for this model to be denoted with the ‘S’ added to it.

iPhone 6 – A display change from 4″ to 4.7″ is a design change, therefore warranting a new iPhone number.

iPhone 6 Plus – This was the first time the iPhone was offered in two different sizes at once. The ‘Plus’ model uses a 5.5″ screen but in every other respect was the same internally. Future ‘Plus’ models usually had a better camera upgrade.

iPhone 6S / 6S Plus – These were significant processor/camera upgrades that kept the iPhone 6 design, so it made sense for these models to be denoted with the ‘S’ added to it.

iPhone SE – I’ll cut Apple some slack here. Whether the SE stands for ‘Special Edition’ or ‘Small Edition’ this was meant to be a different line of phones. Although I think iPhone 6S Mini Would have been a better name and aligned with their iPad products more, as well as denoting the generation it was from.

iPhone 7 / 7 PlusThis is where Apple starts to become more inconsistent. There are design changes but they are not substantially different from the iPhone 6 design. The biggest difference externally is the removal of the headphone jack. Does that warrant a new number upgrade? Not sure. IP67 resistance is finally added. The Plus model (deviating from previous Plus models) has an extra telephoto lens. These are all internal upgrades – meaning the iPhone 7 / 7 Plus should not be a new version number, it should be another ‘S’ model, but since Apple obviously doesn’t want to name their next device ‘iPhone 6SS’ that’s why they bumped it up a number despite no design change.

iPhone 8 / 8 Plus – Why did this need to be a version number change? There is no design change at all, it looks identical to the iPhone 6/6S/7 and should really be called the iPhone 7S but I suppose the reason why Apple bumped this version is up, is because the iPhone X was released at the same time, and 7S and X seem to be too big of a gap (although they are skipping 9 anyways). So yeah.. this is a bit weird. It’s a purely hardware upgrade.

iPhone X – they released this at the same time as the iPhone 8. Granted, it’s a redesign – the screen is now a 5.8″ bezel-less albeit with a notch, and removes the home button in favor of FaceID, so it warrants a version bump. However, this is technically the first redesign of the iPhone since the iPhone 6. This should really be called the iPhone 7, not the X as the previous phones were all ‘S’ upgrades. But they went with 7, then 8, and then skipped 9, probably for the same reasons why Microsoft skipped Windows 9 (it sounds bad compared to 10 I guess as 10 conveys a much heavier upgrade, 9 just screams ‘almost there’), and they went straight to X, using a Roman numeral instead of an Arabic one no less.
Some dude answered below with ‘oh Apple changed their entire naming scheme and they are simplifying and unifying their naming with their computers now! no more S/Plus models!’ How wrong you were.

iPhone XS / XS Max – Oh boy. Back to the ‘S’ naming again. It makes sense this time because XS is an incremental upgrade – but why the XS Max instead of XS Plus?? In the future Apple has now changed their ‘Plus’ naming for their bigger models to ‘Max’ now. Ok… so XS Plus doesn’t roll off the tongue as well? I don’t think its a big difference.

iPhone XR – This is just weird. If this is supposed to be the cheaper model.. why not use the ‘C’ naming from the 5C? the XC doesn’t sound that bad. Instead it’s ‘R’ for some reason. I have no idea what the R might stand for. It has this ‘liquid retina’ display but that’s just marketing talk for Apple’s standard IPS display.
Edit: Someone told me it’s because the ‘R’ comes before ‘S’ in the alphabet and this is the cheaper model thus it’s the R. Wow. They did not use this naming for the iPhone 5C (cheaper than than the 5S) or the iPhone SE (cheaper than the 6S), and somehow I’m willing to bet Apple will not name the next cheaper model the 11R. It just sounds so weird. Sounds to me that like the 5C, this is a ‘one off’ naming.

iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max – Back to Arabic numerals again. Ok.. and just to be clear, the new flagship model has the ‘Pro’ appended to it. What’s ‘Pro’ about it? An upgraded camera with a new lens. Ok… first of all why does that make it more ‘Pro’ than previous iPhones, and why does it warrant a version number upgrade? The design is unchanged from the iPhone XS. And now you have ‘Pro Max’ as well… this naming is really getting out of hand.

iPhone 11 – yes this is the successor to the iPhone XR as the cheaper model (the Pro model is the flagship). And no, I have no idea why it’s the 11, should be the iPhone XRS right? incremental upgrade, no design change.

So there you have it, Apple is inconsistent with its naming.

In particular I take issue with:

iPhone 3G – named after a technology in the phone, this was never done again

iPhone 5C – the only time they use the ‘C’, they don’t use it ever again for their ‘cheaper’ models or other colored models..

iPhone 7 – not a redesign, but gets a version bump

iPhone 8 – not a redesign, but gets a version bump

iPhone X – uses roman numerals, skips 9

iPhone XS Max – Uses Max instead of Plus for some reason

iPhone XR – why the R?? that’s just random.

iPhone 11 Pro – Where did the ‘Pro’ come from? It’s not more ‘Pro’ than previous upgrades were. And also not a redesign, but gets a version bump.

What’s their next phone? iPhone 12S Air Max?

How do Chinese and Korean beauty standards differ?

Similar, yet different

The similarities are:

-Both countries prefer light skin tones over dark skin tones

-Both countries prefer slim bodies (sometimes to extremes as women constantly try to diet even though they don’t need to or is unhealthy)

-Both countries prefer bigger eyes over smaller eyes. In Korea the majority of plastic surgery is to get double eyelid surgery, to make the eyes look bigger. A major part of the makeup routine in both countries is to make the eyes look bigger as well.

The major difference is that Korea’s beauty standards are generally much more strict than China’s.

Because of this strict beauty standard, you’ll notice that on the streets of Korea:

-most Korean women wear makeup (like 90%+) whereas in China the number of women who wear makeup daily is still in the minority.

-Also you’ll notice that almost every Korean women does not wear glasses – they did lasik surgery or wear contacts instead – whereas for Chinese women it’s more of a 50/50 split. This is because in Korea, wearing glasses for women is universally considered ugly.

-You’ll also notice very few girls with short hair (I mean hair cut to the length of a guy’s haircut) in Korea, whereas in China you’ll see quite a few women with hair cut short like men.

-You’ll also notice in Korea that almost every girl wears feminine outfits. Dresses, skirts, stockings, high heels, platform shoes are worn by the majority of Korean women whereas again in China, it’s far more varied and you’ll see a lot of women wearing masculine outfits as well. You’ll see many girls wear skirt + stockings in the winter in Korea; in China I rarely if ever saw any girl wearing that in the winter, they mostly wear pants in the winter.

Below I have a few examples highlighting the differences:

Korean Air flight attendants

Air China flight attendants

Korean idol group AOA (I specifically chose this group since the members are all Korean)

Chinese idol group SNH48

Miss Korea

Miss China

Korean celebrities

Kim Tae-hee

Kim Sa-rang

IU

Chinese celebrities

Li Bingbing

Fan Bingbing

Jane Zhang

I think these examples go well to highlight the beauty standard of Korea: super pale skin, crescent moon shaped eyes, red lips, v-jawline, high nose bridge, a slim figure.

You’ll notice that Chinese faces are a lot more varied, although the generally pale skin and slim figure is shared in common with Korea.

A lot of foreigners have a negative perception of Korean beauty standards because they feel that it makes every Korean girl looks the same, or the misconception that Korean women are not as naturally beautiful and they need plastic surgery to make them look all the same.

These are ignorant beliefs; Korea’s strict beauty standards come from the fact that they are a homogeneous nation (99% Korean) which makes them similar looking to begin with – but on top of that, they have a conformist culture that pressures them to dress or look like other Koreans.

Chinese do not have these strict beauty standards because they have over 50 ethnic groups in their country, Han Chinese interbreeded with numerous other races throughout and are more diverse as an ethnic group than Koreans, so its a lot more diverse to begin with, and as a result there’s a lot more flexibility in their beauty standard.

There’s no such thing as one beauty standard is better than another; diversity has its benefits and drawbacks. I just want to put this out as a disclaimer because a lot of people put down Korean beauty standards for this reason, and I feel that is not really fair.

Notice how body-wise Chinese and Korean women are very similar. but Chinese beauty standards for faces are much more varied. Some Chinese might prefer her face, other Chinese might prefer another face. For Koreans, they have a certain face type that every Korean girl wants to have and every Korean guy thinks is good looking. A Korean girl would probably fit the more flexible Chinese standards but a Chinese girl might not fit the stricter Korean standards. Hope this makes it more clear.

Bonus: lets hear about Chinese/Korean beauty standards from the people themselves

Korean girls on the street talk about their beauty standards

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAUlbQXKDRg

Chinese girls on the street talk about their beauty standards

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97V3pPMBy4Y

What is the biggest NBA myth?

  1. that Kobe Bryant was robbed of MVPs – I’ve already answered that here.
  2. that Jordan was ‘rusty’ in his 1995 comeback and that’s why he lost to the Orlando Magic

Let me explain the second one. Jordan fans like to imagine that he would win 8 straight championships in a row if he didn’t retire. For 1994 – I agree that with Jordan on the team, they probably would have beaten the Knicks and gone on to beat Hakeem’s Rockets (who only had one other all star in Otis Thorpe) that year and Jordan would have won his 4th NBA championship in 1994 instead of 1996.

However this doesn’t apply to 1995. Because we already know what happened in 1995. Jordan came back late in the season, and then played the entire playoffs and lost to Shaq/Penny’s Magic in 6 games. But Jordan was rusty right? he only played 17 games in the regular season!

Uhh.. nope. Jordan came back pretty much just as strong as he left it and the stats back this up.

In 1995, Jordan performed better in the playoffs than he did in 1996. Crazy right? But he won 72 games in 1996 and he lost to the Magic in 1995! How can that be?

Because Jordan fans don’t want to admit that basketball is a team game. its not based on one individual superstar, even though the NBA is marketed that way. The loss of Horace Grant (ironically, to the Magic) in 1995 left the Bulls without an interior presence to defend Shaq. Horace Grant wasn’t just a role player – he was an all star and the second best player on the team after Pippen in 1994.
In 1996, the Bulls acquired Dennis Rodman and they got the inside presence they needed to beat the Magic that year.

This is the concept that Jordan and Kobe fans don’t understand: it’s not about one individual player putting up massive scoring stats; the rest of your team has to be good as well. Rings are a team achievement and so is MVP in fact; MVPs are always given to the player on a top 3 seeded team (except for Westbrook because he averaged a triple double) so in fact even for MVP which is a so called individual award, having a good team still matters. That’s why Kobe was not robbed of MVP in 2005/2006 – his team wasn’t good enough and that matters in MVP voting.

That’s how Jordan put up better stats in 1995, and still lost. He definitely was not rusty.