Rumor: Apple preps new gold iPhone X color, refreshed 9.7-inch iPad arriving in Q3 [u]

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in iPhone edited March 26
Fresh rumors suggest Apple is readying production of a new iPhone X color option to boost sales of the flagship smartphone, while an anticipated revamp of the company's low-tier 9.7-inch iPad is said to arrive in the third quarter.




Citing sources familiar with the matter, Japanese language blog Mac Otakara reports Apple is mulling the introduction of a new gold iPhone X color to reinvigorate sales amid seasonal declines.

Rumors last week point to blush gold. Parts leaker Benjamin Geskin showed off the supposedly new hue in what looks to be mockup hardware including an iPhone X chassis and SIM card tray. The components' authenticity cannot be verified, and Geskin made identical claims in the lead-up to last year's iPhone X launch.

Currently, Apple offers iPhone X in Space Gray and silver finishes.

The company has in the past used identical strategies to boost product shipments. Just last year, a special edition (Product)Red iPhone 7 was released at the end of March to join existing black, Jet Black, silver, gold and rose gold options.

As for Apple's low-cost 9.7-inch iPad refresh, the publication's sources said a revamped sixth-generation tablet is expected to ship sometime in the third quarter.

The rumblings come on the heels of a Bloomberg report which last week predicted Apple to launch a new version of its low-cost 9.7-inch iPad model at a special event in Chicago. Aimed at the education market, the updated iPad is rumored to boast an upgraded processor and perhaps Apple Pencil support.

Whether the rumored sixth-generation iPad and the education-focused model are one in the same is at this point unknown.

When the fifth-generation iPad debuted last year, Apple passed on the usual launch event fanfare to announce the device in a standard press release. The company will do much the same with this year's refresh, according to the report.

Update: Mac Otakara subsequently added details on a gold iPhone X variant. This report has been updated to reflect the new information.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,521member
    Hard to believe Apple will introduce new color late in cycle but it can also serve additional iPhone X color for the next cycle. Question is how much new color can impact extra iPhone X revenue ?
  • Reply 2 of 11
    command_fcommand_f Posts: 260member
    I don't see support for Apple Pencil in a new iPad as being a big sales feature to education users without a corresponding price reduction/cheaper model of the pencil itself. I have seen no rumours of a price reduction.

    Perhaps pencil-support comes implicitly with the current chip-set so it can be offered at no cost to Apple. That would be a good feature to offer to the wider market though, even there, I would expect to see some price resistance.
  • Reply 3 of 11
    product-red maybe? they always sell well and look fantastic.
  • Reply 4 of 11
    mavemufcmavemufc Posts: 326member
    I’d be surprised if they actually did this new colour of the X, especially with the rumours of what they’re going to release later on in the year in terms of new phones,
  • Reply 5 of 11
    Guess we will find out what’s what tomorrow. 
    edited March 26
  • Reply 6 of 11
    rogifan_newrogifan_new Posts: 3,173member
    It’s possible they could introduce a new color for spring but the idea that they’re doing it because X sales are flagging is silly. One I don’t believe they are. Two, but if they are a new color isn’t going to revive them. Nobody is saying oh I’d by an X in a heartbeat if it came in rose gold. With the glass back most probably have the phone in a case anyway. Good grief.
    mike1thrang
  • Reply 7 of 11
    supadav03supadav03 Posts: 388member
    wood1208 said:
    Hard to believe Apple will introduce new color late in cycle but it can also serve additional iPhone X color for the next cycle. Question is how much new color can impact extra iPhone X revenue ?
    Way is it hard to believe? When they introduced the Product (RED) iPhone 7 well into its life cycle it boosted sales. I know several people who upgraded just for the red option or traded in the 7’s the already owned for a red version. I know my wife would jump to an X in a heartbeat for a gold/rose gold color. One of the main reasons she choose to stay with her 7 Plus. 
  • Reply 8 of 11
    supadav03supadav03 Posts: 388member
    It’s possible they could introduce a new color for spring but the idea that they’re doing it because X sales are flagging is silly. One I don’t believe they are. Two, but if they are a new color isn’t going to revive them. Nobody is saying oh I’d by an X in a heartbeat if it came in rose gold. With the glass back most probably have the phone in a case anyway. Good grief.
    I wouldnt say “nobody” because that’s exactly what why wife said about upgrading. I think you underestimate the power of vanity 
    edited March 26 canukstorm
  • Reply 9 of 11
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,515member
    It's odd how Apple change out these colors.  I know when I was buying a new Watch 3 for my wife at Christmas she wanted another gold one as she had all the straps to match her gold Watch 2.  To our astonishment there was no gold option, just a pink, silver, gray and black.
    supadav03icoco3mavemufc
  • Reply 10 of 11
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 3,900member
    command_f said:
    I don't see support for Apple Pencil in a new iPad as being a big sales feature to education users without a corresponding price reduction/cheaper model of the pencil itself. I have seen no rumours of a price reduction.

    Perhaps pencil-support comes implicitly with the current chip-set so it can be offered at no cost to Apple. That would be a good feature to offer to the wider market though, even there, I would expect to see some price resistance.
    $49 pencil may do.
    command_f
  • Reply 11 of 11
    sphericspheric Posts: 1,594member
    supadav03 said:
    wood1208 said:
    Hard to believe Apple will introduce new color late in cycle but it can also serve additional iPhone X color for the next cycle. Question is how much new color can impact extra iPhone X revenue ?
    Way is it hard to believe? When they introduced the Product (RED) iPhone 7 well into its life cycle it boosted sales. I know several people who upgraded just for the red option or traded in the 7’s the already owned for a red version. I know my wife would jump to an X in a heartbeat for a gold/rose gold color. One of the main reasons she choose to stay with her 7 Plus. 
    If they're introducing a red X, I'm on the phone to order one, stat. 
    supadav03
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