Does the name give us some clues to the longevity of the product?

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  1. Skull One

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    90 plus precent of Apples product line are listed with either a Generation or what time of the year. It has been this way for over 2 years. During that time frame they became the most valuable company in the world. Yeah, I don't see this as an issue at all.
     
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    They aren't naming models by year. Never have.
     
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    I imagine it will go by what generation it is, whether or not Apple says it.
     
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    So my iMac (2011) which was the successor to the iMac (2010) isn't named with a year like the iPod Nano (1st thru 6th Gen) is?

    BTW, the refurbished store on Apple's website lists them by year ;)
     
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    The year is not part of the product's name.
     
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    Your that statement caused me to go back thru the entire Apple store. The last time I went thru it was about three months ago when I was looking for a spare iMac i7 3.4Ghz made in 2011. Everything on the site back then had "(Gen X)" or "(early X)" or "(X)" after the product name.

    Today however the ONLY product that has (Gen X) on it is the refurbished iPads. Not even the iPod Touches ,which went by the full generation name at Christmas is listed that way anymore. They only list product and the year it was made.

    That is actually very good insight to the direction Apple is heading. I am glad we had this conversation.
     
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    The prob is that Apple has been inconsistent, which creates other probs when users shop for accessories. That's why case descriptions are all over the map on retailer websites, for instance.

    If Apple were consistent with naming -- whether by generation, year, number or whatever -- there would be no prob. For instance, if you need an accessory for a 1969 Ford Mustang, a 1970 Ford Mustang, etc., there's consistency.
     
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    Trust me, don't use a Ford Mustang as an example ;) there are years where you have to use the VIN to get the right part. :D

    But yes, I do see your point and I believe it to be very valid. Which is why I think this new direction they are taking, on the website, is interesting.
     
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    I don't know much about cars and picked the Mustang at random, but VINs are specific to each car, so I'm puzzled how you'd buy accessories by VIN. Maybe just a partial VIN, so at least they're from the same batch?

    Would be good if Apple picked one consistent naming convention and stuck with it. It would help customers. When you look at case reviews for iPods, for example, you see lots of complaints of cases not fitting on arrival, because naming and model descriptions are all over the place.
     
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    Try boats. You can have a 2012 boat, with a 2010 motor and 2011 drive. Drive manufacturers buy motors in bulk, then add the drive. Then they are shipped in batches to the boat manufacturers which will use them for 1-2 years or more until they run low.
     

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