If you want a gold-plated 2018 iPhone, you can preorder one now for $113,000

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The British company that offers gold-plated versions of iPhones and other high-end products is listing an 18-karat gold version of what it calls the iPhone XS -- for over 100 times the price of a regular iPhone X.

Goldgenie's billionaire's edition of the iPhone


Goldgenie is listing the "Billionaire Solid Gold Edition" of the "iPhone XS," which Goldgenie describes as "the brand's most luxurious product to date." The 18-karat gold-plated product product has a listed price of 100000 euro, or over $113,000, although ordering it now requires only a 50 percent deposit. The Solid Gold Edition is only available in a 256GB edition, and comes with a luxury Cherry Oak Finish Box and VIP Concierge service membership for 5 years.

Apple does not cooperate with Goldgenie, or have any formal business relationship at all. So, this offering shouldn't be considered a vendor leak, or any type of confirmation that one of the upcoming iPhones will be called the XS. Goldgenie appears to be guessing that Apple will be using the "XS" name in its 2018 iPhone line this fall.

Goldgenie has been around since the 1990s but gained prominence in 2007 when it was featured on Dragon's Den, a Shark Tank-like entrepreneurship competition TV show in the U.K.

Earlier in 2018, the company offered a 24-karat gold-plated iPhone X, for just under $4,000, to commemorate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It also offers a gold-plated iMac 5K, for $13,296.

The website copy also describes Goldgenie as "the first company in the world to have meticulously embellished the rear exterior in solid Gold."

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 15
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,602member
    I'm not paying a penny over $99,000.   How dare they.   Is there a Groupon for this?
    mike1tallest skilcpenzoneboltsfan17peterhartRonnnieO
  • Reply 2 of 15
    The most important is missing in the article. What will this do the weight of the iPhone Xs?
  • Reply 3 of 15
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,122member
    All that money and no taste.
    pscooter63
  • Reply 4 of 15
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    The Billionaire logo looks like the poop emoji. Did anyone in their focus group notice that? 

    wonkothesane
  • Reply 5 of 15
    The Billionaire logo looks like the poop emoji. Did anyone in their focus group notice that? 

    My thought exactly. Maybe some kind of subtle irony - where “subtle” refers to what the target group might consider so ;)
  • Reply 6 of 15
    cpenzonecpenzone Posts: 109member
    What a great business model. This probably costs them like 20k to make.
  • Reply 7 of 15
    cpenzone said:
    What a great business model. This probably costs them like 20k to make.
    Don’t forget marketing costs.  /s

    ”iPhone XS”, aren’t they trying to be clever with their naming? A gold iPhone is definitely iPhone Excess.

    (Yes I realize the “X” is pronounced “ten”)
    edited August 2018 peterhartpscooter63
  • Reply 8 of 15
    linkmanlinkman Posts: 1,019member
    The British company that offers gold-plated versions of iPhones and other high-end products is listing an 18-karat gold version of what it calls the iPhone XS -- for over 100 times the price of a regular iPhone X.

    ...

    The website copy also describes Goldgenie as "the first company in the world to have meticulously embellished the rear exterior in solid Gold."
    Does AI realize that gold plated and solid gold are two very different things?

    Also, does anyone have a reasonable expectation of decent RF performance or be able to use wireless charging with a metal back?
  • Reply 9 of 15
    airnerdairnerd Posts: 693member
    And then promptly put it in a case and ruins the look.  

    Other option is to carry a 100k+ phone around (I assume without Applecare due to the process most likely needed to gold plate the case) without protection.  
  • Reply 10 of 15
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,428member
    It was all the rage during the 2005 boom for people to knock on your door if you owned a Lexus or similar and offer to electroplate various parts with real gold.  We didn't as to us it was just obnoxious but it didn't seem all that expensive.  Could a similar method not be used on an iPhone?  I realize the iPhones are probably not able to be plated as not conductive metals but how are these phones done?  Do they have to replace the entire iPhone casing?
  • Reply 11 of 15
    I'll take a dozen of 'em. Put it on my account.

     :p 
  • Reply 12 of 15
    larz2112larz2112 Posts: 291member
    And after you place your preorder, please follow the sign that reads "This Way to the Egress".

    Sincerely,
    P.T. Barnum

  • Reply 13 of 15
    larz2112larz2112 Posts: 291member
    linkman said:
    The British company that offers gold-plated versions of iPhones and other high-end products is listing an 18-karat gold version of what it calls the iPhone XS -- for over 100 times the price of a regular iPhone X. 

    The website copy also describes Goldgenie as "the first company in the world to have meticulously embellished the rear exterior in solid Gold."
    Does AI realize that gold plated and solid gold are two very different things?

    They probably know the difference. The sentence in the second paragraph reads:
    "The 18-karat gold-plated product product has a listed price of 100000 euro, or over $113,000, although ordering it now requires only a 50 percent deposit. The Solid Gold Edition is only available in a 256GB edition, "

    It's a bit unclear the way it is worded, but it sounds like there is a gold-plated version and a solid gold version. A quick check of their web site and that is indeed the case.
  • Reply 14 of 15
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,321administrator
    linkman said:
    The British company that offers gold-plated versions of iPhones and other high-end products is listing an 18-karat gold version of what it calls the iPhone XS -- for over 100 times the price of a regular iPhone X.

    ...

    The website copy also describes Goldgenie as "the first company in the world to have meticulously embellished the rear exterior in solid Gold."
    Does AI realize that gold plated and solid gold are two very different things?

    Also, does anyone have a reasonable expectation of decent RF performance or be able to use wireless charging with a metal back?
    Yup, as Larz2112 pointed out, we're fully aware.

    Regarding RF, we've got no idea. They claim that everything works, which makes me wonder about a lot of things.
  • Reply 15 of 15
    longfanglongfang Posts: 258member
    crowley said:
    All that money and no taste.
    It’ll go well with that ostrich jacket.
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