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Both Apple's next-generation flagship iPhone and the company's anticipated low-cost iPhone will come in an array of colors well beyond the current black and white options, a new rumor claims.

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The rumors on Apple's 2013 iPhone lineup were detailed on Thursday by Japanese blog Macotakara, which apparently heard from two separate sources about this year's iPhone colors. The report indicated that Apple's anticipated low-cost iPhone will see a limited production of 1,000 units in June for field testing.

While the cheaper iPhone option is expected to be available in a range of colors, the report said that black will remain exclusive to Apple's flagship iPhone.

One source who spoke with author Danbo said the cheaper iPhone will come in navy, gold, orange, white and gray. The other offered a slightly different range of white, pink, green, blue and yellow-orange.

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It was said that after the trial run in June, the low-cost iPhone will go into mass production between July and September before it ships to customers.

Thursday's report also claimed that Apple's next flagship handset, often referred to as an "iPhone 5S," will also get more colorful. Sources reportedly indicated that it will come in more than three colors.

Beyond the traditional black handset, which Apple has always offered, the report claimed that the company is considering offering gold and green iPhones. No mention was made of a white "iPhone 5S," but presumably Apple would keep that option in its lineup, as it has done for years.

The latest rumors could be supported by images that surfaced online last week showing multi-colored SIM trays alleged to be for a next-generation iPhone. Those SIM trays were shown in two colors: one with a greyish hue, and another that appeared to be either golden or beige.

Earlier this year, analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets claimed he was told by supply chain sources that Apple planned to release an "iPhone 5S" in a total of eight colors later this year. The options he gave were pink, yellow, blue, green, purple, silver, and slate ? the same shades currently found on the iPod nano ? along with a (Product)Red model with proceeds benefitting AIDS research.

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Finally, Macotakara also reported on Thursday that the "iPhone 5S" is also expected to include a dual LED flash. Such rumors have persisted for years but have yet to become a reality.

The report said that the dual LED will be accommodated with a pill-shaped space for the camera flash modules. In addition, it said that the microphone space on the back of the handset would become a circle, ditching its current tiny "pill" shape.
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No doubt Apple is experimenting with iPhone colors, and has been, I think, for 6 years.   Whether they make it into the products this year or not will depend on the state of the coloring process they use.  Remember the problems with white iPhones early on?

 

That they are experimenting doesn't mean anything about their plans for this year, only that they are looking into it.

 

Black only on the high end seems likely, with a variety of colors on the low end seems more likely as well, especially if the low end is a polycarbonate case.

 

Apple's got a decade's experience with coloring polycarbonate cases. 

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I would like to see how badass black rMBP and Airs would look like :)

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Why not a Bondi Blue iPhone?

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post #5 of 48
I will order a Gold iPhone 5S or iPhone 6
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If they do go to a dual flash, they would mount it horizontally, not vertically.

Also, am I the only one pissed off that we won't get any new mobile gear until the end of the year? This seems like a ridiculously long time to make us wait given the accelerated cycles of the market lately.

There are already ultrabooks out with better specs in some cases than the MacBook Air they copy, are we going to suffer the same thing with tablets and phones as well? Apple needs to step up production IMO.
post #7 of 48
Absolutely fugly colors. Ugh.
post #8 of 48
The color iPhones look ugly in that picture
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Complicating the product line by introducing new colours seems like a strange move for a company that steadfastly refuses to complicate their product line with more than one size of current model phone. Most people who want colour already use an inexpensive cover. There's no solution available at any price for those who want a different size iPhone.

I work for a very Apple-centric company that's pretty much all Mac, but a large number of our employees have recently switched to Android. The driving forces are increased hardware choice and the fact that the big Canadian carriers restrict iPhones to their most expensive 3 year shared data plans and the small carriers don't support the iPhone at all.
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... Black only on the high end seems likely, with a variety of colors (sic) on the low end seems more likely as well, especially if the low end is a polycarbonate case ....

 

This seems unlikely to me in that the white iPhones sell either the same volume or more than the black ones.  

The white iPhone is arguably the "cool" one, the flagship device etc. 

 

It would make more sense to me to either hold back the white one, or hold back black *and* white.  

Almost all phones are black.  Black is not unusual, not rare, nor necessarily desirable or "cool" currently.  

 

As for the colours people are guessing at in that chart ... none of them include that beige coloured SIM tray that leaked earlier this week, and if you assume that "orange" and "pink" are both different descriptors for that orangey-pinky-salmony colour of this year's iPod touches then the "guesses" are basically the same as the colour selection for those.  

 

So ... not exactly new information, probably guesses, probably wrong.  

 

I'm gonna go with all this stuff being just random guess-work other than the fact that the colour options do seem to be increasing in some as yet to be defined way.  

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Complicating the product line by introducing new colours seems like a strange move for a company that steadfastly refuses to complicate their product line with more than one size of current model phone. Most people who want colour already use an inexpensive cover. There's no solution available at any price for those who want a different size iPhone.

I work for a very Apple-centric company that's pretty much all Mac, but a large number of our employees have recently switched to Android. The driving forces are increased hardware choice and the fact that the big Canadian carriers restrict iPhones to their most expensive 3 year shared data plans and the small carriers don't support the iPhone at all.

 

Colors > Colours

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Absolutely fugly colors. Ugh.

What about "Zune Brown"? I think Home Depot has a paint chip. 1smile.gif

The low cost iPhone will be the rejiggered 4 with colors.
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I look forward to a dual flash. I take lots if pics at work and while the iPhone 5 is a great little camera even in the dark, an extra flash would help tremendously with low light situations.

It just sucks that I invested in all sorts of cases since I figured the next three years (from iPhone 5 launch) they would fit both the iPhone 5 and 5s until the the 6th (or 8th iteration if by number counts).

If they do colors they will look better than the mock pics provided.

I look forward to new phones. I know it's not vey logical to expect, but I just wished they did more with the aesthetic every upgrade. I love their designs so much that I want a new apple phone each year. Lol
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Colors > Colours

 

Whichever of the two variations you use, it's patently obvious that "Colours" came first and that "colors" is the later variant.  

Therefore whichever one you personally happen to use or like, your caret is facing the wrong direction.  

 

clearly: Colours > Colors   1tongue.gif

 

"Color" should actually be pronounced Coh-lohr, if you apply the rules of pronunciation anyway (like Colon). 

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These colors are ugly and don't match any color options that Apple has introduced in the past on any products.
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Colors > Colours

 

Colours is the European spelling, correct? 

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If they do go to a dual flash, they would mount it horizontally, not vertically.
 

The dual flash IS mounted horizontally in these mock-ups. The purported phone is shown 'upright', whereas you should be taking most photos (and, of course ALL video) in landscape so the flash will be the way you expect. Panic over.

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Horrible colours.  Just... yuck.

 

Wish they'd use the same colours as the iPod Touch, some of those are really nice.

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Colour is the English spelling. Most countries throughout Europe have a variation/different word for colour in their own language.

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I agree that the colours don't look that great. They may be inaccurate, or may look much better in the flesh. It's important to have a separate and distinct range of Apple colours to maintain brand identity and prevent confusion with different brands already using colours in their handsets.

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Does "cheap" really have to equal butt-ugly?

I will be forced to declare Apple doomed if they actually go with that 'rendered' set of colors, not to mention the clunky look of that design...
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If they do go to a dual flash, they would mount it horizontally, not vertically.
Ideally the flash would be spaced as far away from the lens as is possible to reduce red eye. A flash on a pull out stalk would be even better but that isn't Apples style.
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Also, am I the only one pissed off that we won't get any new mobile gear until the end of the year?
Most likely you are the only one pissed off!

Look at this way you re getting pissed off over rumors that have no basis in fact. This is especially interesting because you should realize that WWDC is only a couple of weeks away. When WWDC happens we will have a better grasp on release dates for all sorts of hardware.

In any event where does this end of the year crap come from? Rumors! Just how often are those rumors proven to be right.?
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This seems like a ridiculously long time to make us wait given the accelerated cycles of the market lately.
Cry me a river! My iPhone 4 still works fine and frankly so do the 4S and iPhone 5.
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There are already ultrabooks out with better specs in some cases than the MacBook Air they copy, are we going to suffer the same thing with tablets and phones as well? Apple needs to step up production IMO.

Give me a break. Every indication is that we get new AIRs at or just before WWDC. I'm expecting a lot of other new hardware too. As for phones, what is wrong with Apple current line up? They are still high performance machines with excellent battery life and other unique features that hold their own very well in the marketplace.
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Absolutely fugly colors. Ugh.

They don't look that bad to me. Then again I wouldn't get worked up over somebodies rendering on a rumors sight. The reality is most people cover up the color anyways with a ten cent case so getting worked up over it is kinda foolish.
post #24 of 48
I'd love a jet black MBP.
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And those iPhone colors look terrible.
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No one cares about colors, give us a 4.7 inch screen, a pixel density of 496 and support 1080p HD... *cough* (HTC One). I mean seriously, this is probably the biggest selling point of high end android phones and Apple could easily take this away. Another 4 inch screen? Really? Why? It doesn't matter if the hardware is faster and better and running iOS7 if we're still stuck with a tiny 4 inch screen that may not even support 720p!
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Dodgy photoshop from Macotakara. Clearly just added a color multiple layer or something transparent effect over a white model - Hue & Saturation all wrong. The Ipod color vibrance is more like it. A few months ago - a dodgy hedge fund on CNBC laughed off the potential "lollipop innovation" colored iPhones... Prick.

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Colours is the European spelling, correct? 

 

"Queen's English" spelling, more accurately, I think.

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Dodgy photoshop from Macotakara. Clearly just added a color multiple layer or something transparent effect over a white model - Hue & Saturation all wrong. The Ipod color vibrance is more like it. A few months ago - a dodgy hedge fund on CNBC laughed off the potential "lollipop innovation" colored iPhones... Prick.

 

The 'high gloss' reflection as well… doesn't feel very Apple-esque at all, does it. 3rd party concept renderings… psh.

 

So glad they aren't on the design team at Apple!

 

My old 3GS has a 'plastic shell', and still looks great. Surely Apple, if they really are planning a 'cheap phone', would make it at least that nice looking.

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I know a Canary Trap when I see one. Somebody just got busted.
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I would like to see how badass black rMBP and Airs would look like :)

A can of black spray paint and some masking tape shouldn't set you back loads

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I know a Canary Trap when I see one. Somebody just got busted.

 

You think Apple sent different colour combinations to different people to smoke out a mole?

post #32 of 48

Apple have been so hit and miss with their colour selections. The fatboy nanos really paled in comparison to the vibrant, "nano-chromatic" lineup.

 

 

 

 
I hope they go for rich colours. Deep purple, burnt orange and ultramarine (darker blue than they've used before) look stunning in anodised form. Forest green is also much nicer than yellowish grass-green.
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If they do go to a dual flash, they would mount it horizontally, not vertically.

Also, am I the only one pissed off that we won't get any new mobile gear until the end of the year? This seems like a ridiculously long time to make us wait given the accelerated cycles of the market lately.

There are already ultrabooks out with better specs in some cases than the MacBook Air they copy, are we going to suffer the same thing with tablets and phones as well? Apple needs to step up production IMO.

You only have to wait a few more weeks to find out. You should be used to their yearly updates by now. Their strategy seems to work.
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Whichever of the two variations you use, it's patently obvious that "Colours" came first and that "colors" is the later variant.  
Therefore whichever one you personally happen to use or like, your caret is facing the wrong direction.  

It may be patently obvious to you, but you're wrong:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_and_British_English_spelling_differences
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Most words ending in an unstressed -our in British English (e.g. colour, flavour, harbour, honour, humour, labour, neighbour, rumour) end in -or in American English (color, flavor, harbor, honor, humor, labor, neighbor, rumor). Wherever the vowel is unreduced in pronunciation, e.g. contour, velour, paramour and troubadour the spelling is the same everywhere.
Most words of this kind come from Latin non-agent nouns having nominative -or. These words were first borrowed into English from early Old French and the ending was spelled -or or -ur.[5] After the Norman conquest of England, the ending became -our in Anglo-French to try to represent the Old French pronunciation,[6] though color has sometimes been used in English since the 15th century.[7]'

So 'or' was first and 'our' came later.
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If they do go to a dual flash, they would mount it horizontally, not vertically.

Why? The separation distance is small enough that I can't imagine that the orientation would make a lot of difference. The decision would probably be based on internal layout and ease of assembly.

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Both Apple's next-generation flagship iPhone and the company's anticipated low-cost iPhone will come in an array of colors well beyond the current black and white options, a new rumor claims..

Good Lord. Not again.

We'll have 500 different rumors between now and the time the next iPhone comes out. And if Apple only fulfills 499 of them, the analysts will express disappointment and the stock will plummet.

I really wish someone would track the accuracy of these analyst rumors and publish the results. If an Analyst has a low score, no one should ever quote them until they improve their score. Or maybe they should have to give up 10% of their salary every time they publish an incorrect rumor. (or rumour if it makes you happy).
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Oh wow that nice color iPhone 5s or 6.. Ahh nice I love it iPhone blue are beautiful yes. I can't waking view the iPhone 5s new color finally thank god hopefully cross finger soon!
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I don't understand the philosophy of going plastic for a cheaper iphone. Seems to me like the case would be one of the least expensive parts of the device. But maybe if true it's more of a psychological thing, people associate plastic as not being as high end as metal. I wouldn't put it past Apple to make a plastic iPhone again. Just curious. 

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I don't understand the philosophy of going plastic for a cheaper iphone. Seems to me like the case would be one of the least expensive parts of the device. But maybe if true it's more of a psychological thing, people associate plastic as not being as high end as metal. I wouldn't put it past Apple to make a plastic iPhone again. Just curious. 

Plastic cases can be stamped out by the millions for pennies. While it's possible to stamp out metal cases, as well, Apple's cases are machined from Al blocks. That's a far more expensive process.

However, while the percentage difference is huge, the metal case probably only adds a dollar or two to the cost (compared to pennies for the plastic), so that alone wouldn't make a huge difference. There may be differences in assembly cost that might increase it some, but again, it's not likely to be more than a couple of dollars difference.
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http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/157584/iphone-5s-leaked-sim-card-trays-hint-at-new-iphone-to-come-in-colors

 

I posted about this on the 17th...

Dude Appleinsider thanks for making a post of what I said... but the mockup of the colorful iphones is incorrect. They look glossy and cheap... Apple uses Anodized Aluminum so the iPhones most likely will look like the picture below. if they decide to not change the design again as usual... but I would say that they would just a bit because Aluminum is prone to scuffs and the sapphire crystal for the rear camera causes a purple haze.

 

 

Just to let everyone know the Moscone Center West in San Fran will be getting WWDC Banners ready from June 6-9th. I researched the Website and they have June 6-14 Clear for Apple's WWDC. Be ready for a new iOS 7 and Mac OS X Presentation.

New Apple Products!

 

 

And here is a supposedly leak of what is a new iPhone design, but who knows if it's real or not.

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Here it is rendered in a light blue shade..

And then here's another "leak" from GSMARENA of what is the next iPhone 6... I call fake because the home button has already been leaked... but there is a patent on one iPhone that looks like this. There's also no volume buttons or silencer so it's unlikely.


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http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/157584/iphone-5s-leaked-sim-card-trays-hint-at-new-iphone-to-come-in-colors

I posted about this on the 17th...
Dude Appleinsider thanks for making a post of what I said... but the mockup of the colorful iphones is incorrect. They look glossy and cheap... Apple uses Anodized Aluminum so the iPhones most likely will look like the picture below. if they decide to not change the design again as usual... but I would say that they would just a bit because Aluminum is prone to scuffs and the sapphire crystal for the rear camera causes a purple haze.





Just to let everyone know the Moscone Center West in San Fran will be getting WWDC Banners ready from June 6-9th. I researched the Website and they have June 6-14 Clear for Apple's WWDC.


Ah I like it very beautiful of color the iPhone wow!!
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Apple might introduce 3 not 2 new iPhone's later this year. A low-cost re-engineered 5c with the non-metallic case (ceramic or plastic) in multiple colours, a 5s with upgraded internals and maybe more colours also, and a 5x with a similar spec to the 5s just with a 5 inch display and 'x' designated SoC (like the iPad 4) to handle the extra resolution. 


Edited by 1983 - 5/24/13 at 11:21am
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