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Apple's new 'space gray' color option shown off in iPod nano video

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A video uploaded to the Web on Friday highlights Apple's latest iPod nano in "space gray," the hue that will replace the iPhone 5's "slate" color option for the forthcoming iPhone 5s.

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Ben Pasternak of Sydney, Australia was able to get his hands on an iPod nano dressed in the new space gray color, and uploaded a video illustrating the hue "in the wild." From the short clip, the color appears a shade lighter than the previous slate option, but a bit darker than Apple's press images.

When Apple announced the iPhone 5s on Tuesday, it debuted the new space gray color option that will take the place of the outgoing "black and slate" iPhone 5 and ultimately extend to cover the company's anodized aluminum products.

In person, the color is actually very dark, bordering on black, Pasternak said. At times, and in certain lighting conditions, the surface appears "bluish" or takes on a purple tint. In sunlight, the gray becomes a bit lighter, but is not shiny due to the anodized aluminum's matte finish.



Apple is already selling the iPod nano, along with the iPod touch and iPod shuffle, in space gray, and will debut the color option for its flagship iPhone 5s on Sept. 20. When the handset hits stores, it will also be available in a new gold color and last year's silver.

For another look at the iPhone 5s is all three colors, as well as the iPhone 5c, check out AppleInsider's hands-on coverage.
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It's a shame the black/slate is gone. To me, it was the most discreet - I liked how the slate parts were subtle, and didn't stick out like they do now.

I guess it's a matter of seeing it in the flesh before I make my final choice - couple of reviews have said it looks a lot classier in person.
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1) Hopping over to Germany next Friday to see the S in person. Still debating on gray or gold. I know, the gold one looks tacky, but there's something about it...I cannot put my finger on it.

2) Oh my, child labor narrator in that vid - not good.
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As none of you will remember or care, I bought the Moto X. It has quite a few features that are really awesome.

And then I used it for photos of my daughter's first soccer game last night.

Moto X return label has been printed and Verizon has promised that as soon as it's scanned into USPS' system, I can call and they'll reinstate my upgrade eligibility. I'm going back to the iPhone (5s). That was a very short lived experiment.

What does this have to do with the article? I'm buying the space gray version ;-) Cheers all.
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As none of you will remember or care, I bought the Moto X. It has quite a few features that are really awesome.

And then I used it for photos of my daughter's first soccer game last night.

Moto X return label has been printed and Verizon has promised that as soon as it's scanned into USPS' system, I can call and they'll reinstate my upgrade eligibility. I'm going back to the iPhone (5s). That was a very short lived experiment.

What does this have to do with the article? I'm buying the space gray version ;-) Cheers all.

I take it you mean the MotoX, or its software, doesn't take good pictures?
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I take it you mean the MotoX, or its software, doesn't take good pictures?

 

 

All of the above, my friend.  Last night was my first real world test.  Compared my shots side by side with my wife's iphone 4s...not even my previous iPhone 5...and there is no comparison.  I take a lot of pictures of my kids, I am not going to sacrifice the quality for a few features.

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After my white 4S I'm upgrading to a Space Gray 5S as well!

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After my white 4S I'm upgrading to a Space Gray 5S as well!

 

I like the Space Grey shade but it seems to contrast too much with the top and bottom plastic bits.  As others have mentioned, perhaps I just need to see it in person.  What won't change is how much I like the name; Space Grey is dumb.

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The camera and dual flash on the 5s are what intrigue me.
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I like the Space Grey shade but it seems to contrast too much with the top and bottom plastic bits.  As others have mentioned, perhaps I just need to see it in person.  What won't change is how much I like the name; Space Grey is dumb.

 

Those "bits" are glass, and the look of the space gray will complement a MacBook Pro more than the Slate model did.

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It's a shame the black/slate is gone. To me, it was the most discreet - I liked how the slate parts were subtle, and didn't stick out like they do now.

I guess it's a matter of seeing it in the flesh before I make my final choice - couple of reviews have said it looks a lot classier in person.

 

Space grey 5s + black Apple 5s case = all round black. 

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Don't like Space Gray as name for color choice, let's call it Dark Matter!

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Space grey 5s + black Apple 5s case = all round black. 

 

 

That's my planned setup.

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Those "bits" are glass, and the look of the space gray will complement a MacBook Pro more than the Slate model did.

 

I hope so. The grey in this just seems a lot darker than the hands on pictures shown for the space grey 5s. I don't want another slightly blue/slightly purple like the old slate iPhone. If it's grey, I'd like it to be Aluminum grey.

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Is it lighter or darker than like the Nano 5 gen graphite?



I will take my Nano to the store and compare at lunch.
 
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Originally Posted by allenbf View Post
As none of you will remember or care, I bought the Moto X.

 

So don't waste your time telling us?

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It's a shame the black/slate is gone. To me, it was the most discreet - I liked how the slate parts were subtle, and didn't stick out like they do now.

I guess it's a matter of seeing it in the flesh before I make my final choice - couple of reviews have said it looks a lot classier in person.

The good news is that the "space grey" (though I liked the "dark matter" suggestion above) will reportedly be more scuff/scratch/baby ding resistant than the true black.  Something about the difficulty of the black anodization process -and according to the same source (a commenter on a podcast), the gold is going to be the easiest to add (and maybe most durable) color they've added to the aluminum line to date.


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So don't waste your time telling us?

 

TS...I'm a little disappointed in you. I've never had a cross word with you.

 

FWIW, my comment was more or less about saying I was wrong about the Moto X and I'm looking forward to the Space Grey iPhone 5S. No need for your vitriol.

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Originally Posted by allenbf View Post

FWIW, my comment was more or less about saying I was wrong about the Moto X and I'm looking forward to the Space Grey iPhone 5S. No need for your vitriol.

 

And my full apologies to you, then; I'm not big on caffeine, so I ought to wait a bit longer before reading posts after waking.

 

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That's just Tallist Skil being Tallest Skil.
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You're just sore that you're utterly wrong about the iPhones.

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You're just sore that you're utterly wrong about the iPhones.

As to what? Everything? lol.gif
Seriously- what?
I'm getting a 64 gb gold next Friday- hopefully.

My only critique was that the 5c should have a white face front not black, and the colors themselves weren't the best.
I have no complaints regarding the 5s.
What are you tawking about?
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And my full apologies to you, then; I'm not big on caffeine, so I ought to wait a bit longer before reading posts after waking.

 

Fair enough.

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I'm loving this color. When I got my iPhone 5, I just wasn't feeling the black color on the aluminium for it so I went with white for the first time. I have a black iPod 7th gen and this color looks far, far better. However I did lighten the black to something close to this with a frosted case.

 

Either way it is an excellent choice.

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Most significantly the new color means that these devices will not get a hardware upgrade this year. There is no way that Apple would release a new color and then release a hardware upgrade. Apple currently has a two year refresh on iPods. Next year we will get an A6 or (hopefully) A7 iPod touch upgrade and an iPod Nano redesign.
post #25 of 29

I'll miss the iPhone 5 Black. 

 

But the Space Gray appears to have its charms as well.

 

This is often the situation in which I find myself when it comes to Apple, though: I'll miss something they've decided to change, but then when I finally start using the new design/feature/process that is in line with their vision, I end up liking it, often preferring it to what I was originally sorry to see changed or removed. 

 

*shrugs*

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I just finished comparing it to the Nano 5 gen graphite and it is exactly the same except that is matte. Very nice.
 
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Most significantly the new color means that these devices will not get a hardware upgrade this year. There is no way that Apple would release a new color and then release a hardware upgrade. Apple currently has a two year refresh on iPods. Next year we will get an A6 or (hopefully) A7 iPod touch upgrade and an iPod Nano redesign.

 

 

While I don't mind that with the iPod Nano and Shuffle (though the Shuffle should get the better headphones by now) they really should at a minimum do a software feature update for the Nano like they did for 6th gen. If the Nano update reflected the style of iOS7 that would be pretty cool. Also the Touch should be bumped. The internals match the 4S and should be bumped.

 

Apple makes great products but they can't retain a premium brand if they are nickle and diming in every possible manner. They can do small upgrades that really can't possibly cost them money at this stage but enhance the value proposition.

 

iPod Nano should get headphones with new design that have the microphone. This omission was noted as a negative across all the prior reviews. They clearly already buy the headphones in volume. The cost has to be minimal. The iPod shuffle should get at least the same level of headphones as well. It unifies purchasing and the extra volume has to help drive down costs.

 

The Nano should get a software revision with updated icons, wallpapers and sounds. The cost on this has to be minimal but keeps it fresh in the minds of the public.


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Don't like Space Gray as name for color choice, let's call it Dark Matter!

I suppose then, that the color of the Blackberry Z10 will be "Black Hole." Microsoft is changing the color of their new Surface 2 to "Bottomless Pit."
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post #29 of 29
Is this color much different from normal black or grey or is it just a special name?
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