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Color is a defining feature of the iPhone 5c, but its buttoned-down, upscale iPhone 5s sibling gets color options of its own, paired with a series of custom leather cases.

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iPhone 5s in Grey, Gold & Silver





iPhone 5s


The new iPhone 5s is visually nearly identical to the design of the current 5, although the black version (above) is now called "space grey" and sports a lighter, dark-silver finish contrasting with black glass surfaces on the front and back.

iPhone 5s


Along with a silver edition with white glass surfaces and bright silver trim, a new gold version (above) pairs white surfaces with metallic gold trim, with a finish that appears to subtly shift between a tinted silver into a rich gold as the device is tilted, as shown in the video below.



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iPhone 5s leather cases



Apple also offers a series of five leather form-fit cases ($39 each) for the three metallic finishes of iPhone 5s, in yellow, beige, blue, brown, black and Product(Red).

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Like the silicon cases for the iPhone 5c, the leather iPhone 5s cases have a protective microfiber inside to protect the device's finish. Apple describes the construction of the new covers as a "single piece of leather is wrapped around a sturdy frame using a process that combines hand craftsmanship and precision machining."

The new cases cover up the shiny chamfered edges of the device, leaving only the metallic finger detection ring and and white or black face showing.

Behind the leather and shiny metal highlights, iPhone 5s packs a series of technological leaps, considered in the accompanying segment outlining its new 64-bit A7, its M7 motion coprocessor, new camera features & Touch ID.
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I think the 5s is going to be absolutely great, but I'm not sure about those cases. The colourful cases from the 5c would look good, IMO.
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The 5c cases reportedly fit the 5s. Though I'm opting for a VAJA as I need a bit of screen protection from the other things in my pocket that one of the flip type cases provides. I've found the bunker total protection cases are just too heavy for EDC. Great for backpacking though.

I can see the colors being a big hit, much in line with all of iOS 7.
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Unicode character: Face Savoring Delicious Food should suffice for how I feel about this design.

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Ugh that is such a boring shade of blue. Why couldn't they have gone with the dark blue shade of the leather they chose for the iPad Smart Cover?
Apple needs to fire whomever it is that's so in love with washed out pastels.
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That champagne gold is friggin' nice.

...snarkish remark: DED should re-title to "The 25 second hands on review".

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Unicode character: Face Savoring Delicious Food should suffice for how I feel about this design.

I thought I'd get this gray one myself as well, but after seeing this (finger print scanning) video of a gold one in a red case I might reconsider.

PS why is DED putting his name over other people's video?
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PS why is DED putting his name over other people's video?

 

Hey, yeah. Already has an AppleInsider watermark; why does it need another?

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Ugh that is such a boring shade of blue. Why couldn't they have gone with the dark blue shade of the leather they chose for the iPad Smart Cover?
Apple needs to fire whomever it is that's so in love with washed out pastels.

 

Jon Ive? 

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I'm definitely getting an iPhone 5S, and I'm disappointed to say that I will ALSO definitely be getting one of these cases. Because, they are A) form fit unlike anything else you'll find from anyone, and B) have a microfiber lining that will actually protect the phone.

 

I truly feel like the design of the iPhone 5 and 5S is failure of form over function. Meaning, the device is simply too fragile. The beautiful chamfered edge dents & chips very easily, exposing RAW bare metal beneath. It becomes sharp, and prevents you from continuing to use it bare.

 

The painted steel band is likewise easy to scratch off the paint. When the iPhone 5 came out, and there were absolutely positively NO cases available in the Apple Store for the first few weeks, I picked up a bumper at one of those stands outside the store. Well, the bumper promptly trapped dirt and grit which rubbed a good portion of the paint off the steel band.

 

I am still very disappointed with the construction of the iPhone 5 (and 5S)...but I'm slightly encouraged by Apple building a case designed to properly protect it.

 

To tell the truth, I wish they would have used the 5C design instead, made a few more colors, and called it a day. That design is so much for practical for a smartphone.

 

I don't care how "pretty" the iPhone 5(s) is anymore...it isn't a practical design....its intentionally designed to be beautiful Day 1, and hideous by Day 365, so that you're sure to upgrade to a pretty new phone.

 

My 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S all looked brand new on the day I stopped using them, and never were they kept in a case.

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That champagne/gold model has grown on me.  Looks pretty damn nice.

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After using a case that has a stand (Zerochroma), I can never go back to using plain case.
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Anyone here plans on buying a 5S and if so what color will you choose?

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I'm definitely getting an iPhone 5S, and I'm disappointed to say that I will ALSO definitely be getting one of these cases. Because, they are A) form fit unlike anything else you'll find from anyone, and B) have a microfiber lining that will actually protect the phone.

 

I truly feel like the design of the iPhone 5 and 5S is failure of form over function. Meaning, the device is simply too fragile. The beautiful chamfered edge dents & chips very easily, exposing RAW bare metal beneath. It becomes sharp, and prevents you from continuing to use it bare.

 

The painted steel band is likewise easy to scratch off the paint. When the iPhone 5 came out, and there were absolutely positively NO cases available in the Apple Store for the first few weeks, I picked up a bumper at one of those stands outside the store. Well, the bumper promptly trapped dirt and grit which rubbed a good portion of the paint off the steel band.

 

I am still very disappointed with the construction of the iPhone 5 (and 5S)...but I'm slightly encouraged by Apple building a case designed to properly protect it.

 

To tell the truth, I wish they would have used the 5C design instead, made a few more colors, and called it a day. That design is so much for practical for a smartphone.

 

I don't care how "pretty" the iPhone 5(s) is anymore...it isn't a practical design....its intentionally designed to be beautiful Day 1, and hideous by Day 365, so that you're sure to upgrade to a pretty new phone.

 

My 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S all looked brand new on the day I stopped using them, and never were they kept in a case.

 



Yup... it appears that Sir Jony likes pastels(and there is no one to say no to him)... IMO eewww.

And yes - my 4S, no cover, in my pocket with keys etc, for two years... not a scratch. Its a rock, perfect size etc. IMO- It will go down as the pinnicle of build standard for durability, etc.

Im really debating to upgrade to 5S just for the concerns you mentioned. But I dont think they 'intentially' designed it to wear prematurely. Its a fall out of Sir Jony's thin and light mantra(and antenna gate).... but alas tech will be by passing the ol 4S... so choices to make .
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For those of you that have had the privilege to touch the 5S, please verify for me that it is exactly the same chassis as the 5. Also, are you saying that the 5C will fit into a 5 and 5S case?
This would be really great news, for I have a credit card case from ibillfold2 that attaches to their iphone wallet and I really want to keep using it. I also am definitely getting a 5S. My JB 4 is really slow.
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I don't care how "pretty" the iPhone 5(s) is anymore...it isn't a practical design....its intentionally designed to be beautiful Day 1, and hideous by Day 365, so that you're sure to upgrade to a pretty new phone.

My 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S all looked brand new on the day I stopped using them, and never were they kept in a case.

 

This is why Apple should sell a transparent case instead of colors ones for the 5S

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Will the case fit into the dock?
 
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That champagne/gold model has grown on me.  Looks pretty damn nice.

 

My thoughts exactly. I have a black 4s, contract is up in Oct. 

 

I like the "sporty" look of the 5c colors...and it does look more durable than the glass/aluminum backs of the previous models.

 

 

I don't really like cases. 

 

However, for an extra $50/$2/mo. (trade-in value of 4s +/- $150) I think I'm going with the "state of the art" gold 5S. Faster processor, better camera, better flash, new M7 chip, and the fingerprint tech. :)

 

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Will the case fit into the dock?

 

I wouldn't hold my breath on that one. I don't know for sure but I seriously doubt it would fit in a dock with a case. Sorry.   :)

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That champagne gold is friggin' nice.
...snarkish remark: DED should re-title to "The 25 second hands on review".

Gold/White/Product Red(TM) case looks nice.

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Jon Ive? 
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I'm definitely getting an iPhone 5S, and I'm disappointed to say that I will ALSO definitely be getting one of these cases. Because, they are A) form fit unlike anything else you'll find from anyone, and B) have a microfiber lining that will actually protect the phone.

I truly feel like the design of the iPhone 5 and 5S is failure of form over function. Meaning, the device is simply too fragile. The beautiful chamfered edge dents & chips very easily, exposing RAW bare metal beneath. It becomes sharp, and prevents you from continuing to use it bare.

The painted steel band is likewise easy to scratch off the paint. When the iPhone 5 came out, and there were absolutely positively NO cases available in the Apple Store for the first few weeks, I picked up a bumper at one of those stands outside the store. Well, the bumper promptly trapped dirt and grit which rubbed a good portion of the paint off the steel band.

I am still very disappointed with the construction of the iPhone 5 (and 5S)...but I'm slightly encouraged by Apple building a case designed to properly protect it.

To tell the truth, I wish they would have used the 5C design instead, made a few more colors, and called it a day. That design is so much for practical for a smartphone.

I don't care how "pretty" the iPhone 5(s) is anymore...it isn't a practical design....its intentionally designed to be beautiful Day 1, and hideous by Day 365, so that you're sure to upgrade to a pretty new phone.

My 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S all looked brand new on the day I stopped using them, and never were they kept in a case.
What painted steel band? The 5/5S is aluminum and glass.
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This is why Apple should sell a transparent case instead of colors ones for the 5S
If they can make one that doesn't yellow. I'm on my 3rd iPhone 5 clear gel case. The previous 2 started to turn yellow after a while.
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I miss the black finish, looked really good on the iPhone 5 (at least when new) this new silver-grey finish doesn't do it for me at all, in photos and videos anyway, maybe it'll be better in the metal? I do like the champagne gold version though. That's the one I'm going to get I think, with either the beige, brown or red leather case, haven't decided yet.
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PS why is DED putting his name over other people's video?

 

It's not anyone else's video. 

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Anyone here plans on buying a 5S and if so what color will you choose?

I will be ordering one for my wife on the 20th. Silver.
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Anyone here plans on buying a 5S and if so what color will you choose?

I will be ordering one for my wife on the 20th. Silver.

Gold, 64. Will upgrade to 128 if/when it comes out.

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DED - Could you at least use iMovie to create a decent video i.e., edit the background sound out.
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Anyone here plans on buying a 5S and if so what color will you choose?
I'm getting the space gray. I'll probably get the green leather case as well. I wish they'd come up with something that showed of the colour and design of the phone a bit better though.
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The 5c cases reportedly fit the 5s. Though I'm opting for a VAJA as I need a bit of screen protection from the other things in my pocket that one of the flip type cases provides. I've found the bunker total protection cases are just too heavy for EDC. Great for backpacking though.

I can see the colors being a big hit, much in line with all of iOS 7.

You might consider a piel frama case. A bit spendy like the vaja. I used one on my 3G and loved it. I will probably will get one for the 5s.
post #29 of 83
The gold version reminds me of Accuphase audio gear, which is very popular in Japan but not as much in the US. I bet they sell a ton of gold iPhones in Japan and China.
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When the next generation iPhone comes out, I think these two-tone designs are going to look like something from the '70s--as if they don't already.

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To me whats funny is people praising how beautiful iphone is... An how gold is so and o and grey so and do. How thin it is.
Then te buy a case and hide all the beauty for as long as they own the phone. And preserve the beauty or the next in line for the phone... Who will follow in the same footsteps.

Buy the phone and enjoy its formfactor and beauty as it was intended to be!
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Anyone here plans on buying a 5S and if so what color will you choose?

Gold 64 but I need to see a space grey in person. I could be swayed.
I never liked the shininess of the silver 5. On gold it doesn't bother me.
 
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getting the 64gb gold.

 

looking around for cases...kind of a new one, the tavik outer edge bumper red/black 2 tone.  totally exposes front and back.  anyone know of similar to this but with an even slimmer bumper?

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To me whats funny is people praising how beautiful iphone is... An how gold is so and o and grey so and do. How thin it is.
Then te buy a case and hide all the beauty for as long as they own the phone. And preserve the beauty or the next in line for the phone... Who will follow in the same footsteps.

Buy the phone and enjoy its formfactor and beauty as it was intended to be!

 

Agreed! But the feeling of dropping and scratching your iphone is a pretty bad feeling. I know, I don't use cases and have dropped my orig. iPhone denting the button in the top right corner and dropping my 4 and scratching the front. I still rarely use a case for the reasons you state.

 

I once dropped my 4s and was able to grab it inches from the ground. Pure luck. My GF thought I was James Bond when she saw that. Sadly, that was along time ago.  :)

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Ah, crud. I thought they kept the normal black, and space grey was just new, not a replacement. I wish they kept the black. 

Didn't they make this whole deal about the glass pieces being precisely matched to the aluminum, now two of three aren't even the same color? Imo, the white is the only one that looks good now. 

And the cases are ugly. But the 5C cases were ten times worse. 

http://imgur.com/TQOnc8Q

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I'm definitely getting an iPhone 5S, and I'm disappointed to say that I will ALSO definitely be getting one of these cases. Because, they are A) form fit unlike anything else you'll find from anyone, and B) have a microfiber lining that will actually protect the phone.

 

I truly feel like the design of the iPhone 5 and 5S is failure of form over function. Meaning, the device is simply too fragile. The beautiful chamfered edge dents & chips very easily, exposing RAW bare metal beneath. It becomes sharp, and prevents you from continuing to use it bare.

 

The painted steel band is likewise easy to scratch off the paint. When the iPhone 5 came out, and there were absolutely positively NO cases available in the Apple Store for the first few weeks, I picked up a bumper at one of those stands outside the store. Well, the bumper promptly trapped dirt and grit which rubbed a good portion of the paint off the steel band.

 

I am still very disappointed with the construction of the iPhone 5 (and 5S)...but I'm slightly encouraged by Apple building a case designed to properly protect it.

 

To tell the truth, I wish they would have used the 5C design instead, made a few more colors, and called it a day. That design is so much for practical for a smartphone.

 

I don't care how "pretty" the iPhone 5(s) is anymore...it isn't a practical design....its intentionally designed to be beautiful Day 1, and hideous by Day 365, so that you're sure to upgrade to a pretty new phone.

 

My 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S all looked brand new on the day I stopped using them, and never were they kept in a case.

 



Yup... it appears that Sir Jony likes pastels(and there is no one to say no to him)... IMO eewww.

And yes - my 4S, no cover, in my pocket with keys etc, for two years... not a scratch. Its a rock, perfect size etc. IMO- It will go down as the pinnicle of build standard for durability, etc.

Im really debating to upgrade to 5S just for the concerns you mentioned. But I dont think they 'intentially' designed it to wear prematurely. Its a fall out of Sir Jony's thin and light mantra(and antenna gate).... but alas tech will be by passing the ol 4S... so choices to make .
And I have friends who had to replace their back on the 4/4S because they dropped their phone and the glass broke. I dropped my iPhone 5 (when it was caseless) and all I had were a couple nicks around the chamfered edges. Otherwise not a scratch.
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Jon Ive? 

:rolleyes:

 

I'm definitely getting an iPhone 5S, and I'm disappointed to say that I will ALSO definitely be getting one of these cases. Because, they are A) form fit unlike anything else you'll find from anyone, and B) have a microfiber lining that will actually protect the phone.

 

 

I'm definitely buying a 5S and a new case as well!

 

I don't agree that this design is a failure or too fragile. It's the most beautiful phone ever made and the shine around the finger print sensor makes it even more luxurious and lust worthy!

 

I can't wait :D

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Ah, crud. I thought they kept the normal black, and space grey was just new, not a replacement. I wish they kept the black. 


Didn't they make this whole deal about the glass pieces being precisely matched to the aluminum, now two of three aren't even the same color? Imo, the white is the only one that looks good now. 


And the cases are ugly. But the 5C cases were ten times worse. 
http://imgur.com/TQOnc8Q
2 of 3? How are white and silver the same color? You do realize the original iPhone was aluminum with a large black plastic strip on the back.
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Originally Posted by Yojimbo007 View Post

To me whats funny is people praising how beautiful iphone is... An how gold is so and o and grey so and do. How thin it is.
Then te buy a case and hide all the beauty for as long as they own the phone. And preserve the beauty or the next in line for the phone... Who will follow in the same footsteps.

Buy the phone and enjoy its formfactor and beauty as it was intended to be!
I have mine in a clear silicon case so I can enjoy some of the beauty. Only thing that sucks is these cases start to yellow after a while.
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Originally Posted by drewys808 View Post
 

getting the 64gb gold.

 

looking around for cases...kind of a new one, the tavik outer edge bumper red/black 2 tone.  totally exposes front and back.  anyone know of similar to this but with an even slimmer bumper?

I use a simple 'ultraslim' SENA case where the phone just slides in/out. The phone stays fully protected when not in use, and I get to touch/feel the real thing -- nothing more, nothing less -- when I need to actually use it.

 

There are two problems with those cases, however: (i) I've had to replace them once a year (since the stitching and the leather expand with regular use); (ii) The model with the hole for the lightning connector does not have a hole for the headphone jack, and vice versa.

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