or Connect
AppleInsider › Forums › Mobile › iPhone › Supposed gold color variant of next iPhone shown off in pictures
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Supposed gold color variant of next iPhone shown off in pictures

post #1 of 103
Thread Starter 
Images have emerged of the rear casing for an apparent next-generation "iPhone 5S," adding fuel to rumors that Apple will offer its bestselling handset in not only black and white models, but also in gold.



Recent iPhone leaks this year have largely focused on an expected low-cost, plastic model, but French site MacBoutic [via Engadget] uncovered what appears to be the rear casing from the higher-end "iPhone 5S." All logos are missing from the device, but it does retain the same form factor as the iPhone 5, and the color does not appear to be the result of an after-market process.

The notion of a gold colorway for Apple's top-selling handset first emerged in May, when component photos showed a gold SIM tray. Since then additional images have emerged, lending credence to the notion of an additional color option for the high-end model.

Most recently, well-informed KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted a gold option for the next iPhone, as well as the option for 128GB of internal storage.

goldie-2-130816.jpg


Colors may play a big part in the next generation of iPhone, as Apple is also expected to debut its lower-cost model with a wide range of color options.

In addition to a wider selection of colors, the new high-end iPhone is expected to sport Apple's A7 system-on-a-chip design with 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM. That chip is said to be of Apple's own design, with a 20 percent increase in efficiency over its predecessor.

It may also pack a fingerprint sensor embedded in the device's sapphire glass home button. A fingerprint sensor would greatly help Apple to distinguish itself from competing manufacturers by significantly increasing device security.

Both the low-end and higher-end models of iPhone are expected to debut next month at a September 10 media event. Apple has not yet confirmed such an event, but the notoriously secretive Cupertino company typically does not send out invitations to such functions until just a few days before.
post #2 of 103

With no logo or lettering on the back how do we know this is legit?  Or an early prototype testing out different colors?  The button leak photos aren't nearly as brassy gold as this is.  Or could it be something from here http://www.anostyle.com/?

post #3 of 103
You won't catch me with that!
post #4 of 103
Gold color is a really interesting approach. I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's taking the "luxury phone" thing a little too literally for me.

That said, I can imagine a lot of fancy-purses-type ladies being very interested in one.
post #5 of 103
Shop.

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

John C. Dvorak, 2007
Reply

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

John C. Dvorak, 2007
Reply
post #6 of 103
Gold iPhone? I still can't understand why they would pick that color. High end phone does not equal Gold phone
post #7 of 103
I really like how Apple's suppliers have learned to 'leak' these items at the right pace. It's taken a while, but they have finally learned what to leak, and at what pace to provide these leaks. It almost reminds me of Christmas, when I was younger, trying to guess and anticipate what the items were in the packages. The suppliers have finally caught on exactly how to tease the public's appetite with the 'leaks' related to forthcoming Apple products.
Edited by Digital_Guy - 8/16/13 at 12:14pm
post #8 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by Digital_Guy View Post

I really like how Apple's suppliers have learned to 'leak' these items at the right pace. It's taken a while, but they have finally learned what to leak, and at what pace to provide these leaks. It almost reminds me of Christmas, when I was younger, trying to guess and anticipate what the items were in the packages. The suppliers have finally caught on exactly how to tease the piblic's appetite with the 'leaks' related to forthcoming Apple products.

Where's the Apple logo on this thing?

post #9 of 103
Lady Gaga will be mesmerized.

Me? All I want is bare, polished Liquidmetal.

Sent from my iPhone Simulator

Reply

Sent from my iPhone Simulator

Reply
post #10 of 103
Is Apple and Jony Ive losing it's cool? This is gaudy and unattractive. May appeal to Kim Kardashian but not the general public. Also the supposed low cost phone colors are also hideous. The yellow looks like a canary yellow.
post #11 of 103

Should be popular in Jersey

post #12 of 103
This is a "ghetto" phone if it looks like that.
Something some trash pop or rap star would think looks good no doubt.

Much tackier looking than the sim tray that leaked also which was a nice fleshy, peachy, gold hue, so hopefully it's just a fake.
post #13 of 103

This is fake.  I'll steak my reputation on it (which i dont have anyway)

post #14 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

… The notion of a gold colorway ...

 

Please stop using this nonsensical, meaningless, made-up trashy term.  

 

It might be cool if it meant something but it's just the way ignorant people say "colour."  

The whole idea of using cool new phrases is that they never existed before and mean things that you can't say any other way.  This is not that. 

post #15 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZachLach View Post

Gold iPhone? I still can't understand why they would pick that color. High end phone does not equal Gold phone

 

Gold actually stands for "tacky" and "low class" nowadays.  No one with any real money and class wears a lot of gold anymore.  At least not in western culture. 

The poor folks that want to appear rich, the nouveau rich and conspicuous consumers wear gold.  

 

It's tasteless. 

post #16 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by jakeb View Post

Gold color is a really interesting approach. I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's taking the "luxury phone" thing a little too literally for me.

That said, I can imagine a lot of fancy-purses-type ladies being very interested in one.
Bingo! And all over the world.. I could see luxury stores in Europe selling the phones.. I'm wrong? Um think about it.. Brilliant actually.. A 128 gb for a grand.. There goes their gross margins ... UP⬆️
post #17 of 103

It will go great with Oprah's $36,000 hand bag.

Or her Dubai iPad Mini.

 
Where's the new Apple TV?
 
And still waiting for SolipsismX to prove his accusation:
"And yet they haven't loved Google Wallet which you claimed was the exact same thing and kept posting...
Reply
 
Where's the new Apple TV?
 
And still waiting for SolipsismX to prove his accusation:
"And yet they haven't loved Google Wallet which you claimed was the exact same thing and kept posting...
Reply
post #18 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post

 

Gold actually stands for "tacky" and "low class" nowadays.  No one with any real money and class wears a lot of gold anymore.  At least not in western culture. 

The poor folks that want to appear rich, the nouveau rich and conspicuous consumers wear gold.  

 

It's tasteless. 

The Queen of England wears tons of gold and so soon shall Camilla then Kate. Shush your mouth!

 
Where's the new Apple TV?
 
And still waiting for SolipsismX to prove his accusation:
"And yet they haven't loved Google Wallet which you claimed was the exact same thing and kept posting...
Reply
 
Where's the new Apple TV?
 
And still waiting for SolipsismX to prove his accusation:
"And yet they haven't loved Google Wallet which you claimed was the exact same thing and kept posting...
Reply
post #19 of 103

Of course none of this has been confirmed and last year when iPhone 5 cases leaked everyone vomited all over them too.  Until the phones were announced and we saw what they really looked like.

post #20 of 103

The lighting in this photo might be off, giving it a more brassy than champagne gold hue - if this is legit of course. It doesn't look as bad as I thought it would though. Less than a month to go and all will be revealed anyway.


Edited by 1983 - 8/16/13 at 12:21pm
post #21 of 103

Gold is a very popular color...in China.

post #22 of 103
Gold is kind of an attention grabbing color and if the phones bezel was gold ull never be immersed in the content I believe.
post #23 of 103
Dear! Why are a serious blogs like apple insider posting such a nonsense day by day? Please stop such shitty news.
post #24 of 103
That's one of the nicest gold colors I've seen.

That's not saying much. Bury it deep! Aaaaggh!

Steve Jobs would never have done this. (But he would make a floral-print iMac.)
post #25 of 103
My wife is by no means an opulent shopper but I can tell you she will drool over a gold iphone. It's not for me but I'd bet most women in general will dig it. What girl doesn't dream of a LV purse etc. I think this will be a big hit with the ladies.
post #26 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by pazuzu View Post

The Queen of England wears tons of gold ….

 

Doesn't actually.  Mostly silver and diamonds, mostly understated or only on state occasions. 

post #27 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by nagromme View Post

…  Steve Jobs … would make a floral-print iMac.

 

and probably a leopard print iPad too. 

post #28 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post

 

Doesn't actually.  Mostly silver and diamonds, mostly understated or only on state occasions. 

Really? What's the bulk of her crown made up of then- copper? And her scepter? lol!


Edited by pazuzu - 8/16/13 at 12:41pm
 
Where's the new Apple TV?
 
And still waiting for SolipsismX to prove his accusation:
"And yet they haven't loved Google Wallet which you claimed was the exact same thing and kept posting...
Reply
 
Where's the new Apple TV?
 
And still waiting for SolipsismX to prove his accusation:
"And yet they haven't loved Google Wallet which you claimed was the exact same thing and kept posting...
Reply
post #29 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by loumazz View Post

Gold is a very popular color...in China.


This.  Everyone is reacting to the new colors (both the rumored gold and the iPhone 5C neon shades) as if the only reasonable standard of taste is in America or Europe.

 

But in case you haven't noticed, Apple has been experiencing meteoric growth in Asian markets.  Apple makes more money in Asia-Pacific/Japan than in the Americas, and at current growth rates will shortly make more money in Asia than the Americas and Europe combined.

 

Given all that, can anyone be surprised if they started offering products with a palette that might appeal to the majority of their consumers?  Color preference  is entirely a matter of acculturation, and what reads as "gaudy" or "tacky" in one place can be "rich" and "exciting" in another.  They still are offering their traditional stuff as well, so everybody wins!

post #30 of 103
Nothing new, if true. Tasteless exists already 1smile.gif
Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, my opinion, man.
Reply
Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, my opinion, man.
Reply
post #31 of 103
Looks fake.

Just like these black market chassis made by a third party company.

Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
Reply
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
Reply
post #32 of 103
Goldmember would love it.
post #33 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by jwyatt View Post

My wife is by no means an opulent shopper but I can tell you she will drool over a gold iphone. It's not for me but I'd bet most women in general will dig it. What girl doesn't dream of a LV purse etc. I think this will be a big hit with the ladies.

Most of the ladies I know carry their iPhone in their purse, hence, they all have protective cases so the phone doesn't get scratched from the car keys, etc. Why would someone buy the gold model just to hide it in a case. I think all these new colors are designed specifically for the Chinese market. My Chinese friend told me that some people there will buy really expensive brand of cigarette even though they don't smoke, just to put the pack on the table in a cafe for others to see. Same deal with expensive phones I would imagine. The colors of the plastic iPhones are for the young pop culture teens in China as well. Looks like Tim and company are going 'all in' with China.

Life is too short to drink bad coffee.

Reply

Life is too short to drink bad coffee.

Reply
post #34 of 103

If this one turns out to be true -- and I hope it is -- I will do a 180º on my opinion of Ming-Chi Kuo.

post #35 of 103
China-only model, or a fake to suss out leakers.

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

Reply

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

Reply
post #36 of 103

Nice gold color because its on aluminium, so it looks good. On plastic it would had look like crap, but on real metal its a nice option and could appeal to some people.  Note that since Apple is one of the few with metal shells not a lot of other phone will be able to copy this.

post #37 of 103
Makes perfect sense:

White iPhone for female customers;
Black iPhone for white customers;
Gold iPhone for black customers.

/s 1oyvey.gif
post #38 of 103

Since I always have and always will use a case with an extended battery for protection and extra juice the color or design of a new iPhone really is unimportant to my decision. But I don't think it looks as bad as some people here seem to think. Only having 2 colors for a long time is getting a bit boring. I will definitely be choosing a new color case for my next phone as I am tired of black. I prefer darker colors though so hope I can find a dark blue case. 


Edited by gwmac - 8/16/13 at 1:08pm
post #39 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by herbapou View Post

Nice gold color because its on aluminium, so it looks good. On plastic it would had look like crap, but on real metal its a nice option and could appeal to some people.  Note that since Apple is one of the few with metal shells not a lot of other phone will be able to copy this.

 

That fact that phones use multiple colors (any multiple colors) as a selling feature is an indication that they're ipso facto a consumer "lifestyle" product - through which one has the perception of accruing status via their personal palette prefs. 

And gives the illusion of making important choices in the age of the "shopper-gatherer." 

That said, I'm not put off by this particular one, should it emerge at the phone's intro.

 

An iPhone, a Leatherman and thou...  ...life is complete.

Reply

An iPhone, a Leatherman and thou...  ...life is complete.

Reply
post #40 of 103
"Is Apple and Jony Ive losing it's cool? This is gaudy and unattractive. May appeal to Kim Kardashian but not the general public. Also the supposed low cost phone colors are also hideous. The yellow looks like a canary yellow"

Apart from your terrible grammer: This is a rumor, Apple doesn't sell a Gold phone so how can Apple and John Ivy lose its cool on a non existant product?

Originally Posted by Rickers - 2014

Cook & Co will bury Apple.  They can only ride Steve's ghost for so long.  Steve == Apple and Apple == Steve.  

Reply

Originally Posted by Rickers - 2014

Cook & Co will bury Apple.  They can only ride Steve's ghost for so long.  Steve == Apple and Apple == Steve.  

Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: iPhone
AppleInsider › Forums › Mobile › iPhone › Supposed gold color variant of next iPhone shown off in pictures