If you believed that the new version of the well-known device would come in black, white, and gold only, you might want to think again.
A new gallery of iPhone 5S images surfaced online suggesting that the forthcoming next-generation smartphone may come in yet another color combination: black and graphite.
Apple insider Sonny Dickson has recently published a series of photos on his website, showing what he claims is the new “gray or graphite color with black trim.”
If the photos are true to live, the new graphite color will cover the back plate and the sides of the phone while the face will remain black, writes PC Mag.
The shown model would become the fourth color option for the highly anticipated iPhone alongside the black/slate, white/silver, and rumored white/gold model.
In a new round of rumors regarding the iPhone 5S it was revealed last week that the device will also come in gold.
Which is more, French blog MacBoutic published photos of what are claimed to be the casing from Apple’s next-generation smartphone in champagne.
In a column at TechCrunch, MG Siegler confirms the rumors, saying that the Californian tech company does have plans to add a “gold” color option for its upcoming iPhone 5S, with information coming from his various sources.
“Yes, there will be a gold iPhone,” the website writes. “That’s the latest I’m hearing from multiple sources after several weeks of rumors and possible component leaks suggesting the same thing.”
“At first, I couldn’t believe Apple would break from the tradition of offering the simple choice: black and white (or “slate” and “silver” if you prefer for the iPhone 5) for their flagship device.”
“Gold simply seemed too gaudy, perhaps even tacky. But a few compelling arguments countered my disbelief. And now, upon checking, sure enough, there will be gold.”
Speaking of the company’s decision to introduce a gold iPhone option, Siegler explains that it could appear to be a strategy to upsell customers in emerging markets where the lower-cost “iPhone 5C” is expected to be a significant player.
“A number of folks have noted that a gold iPhone would likely do well in the Chinese and Indian markets as well, where the color is very popular,” he writes.
“This is especially interesting given the talk about the “iPhone 5C” being key in these markets as well, with a presumed unsubsidized lower price-point.”
Siegler adds: “One line of thinking was that the lower-cost iPhone would all-but replace the higher cost one in these markets. But perhaps the gold option would still be enticing enough for some buyers to lure them to the higher end model. That’s all pure speculation, of course.”
A new version of the world-known device is rumored to be unveiled on September, 10.
The iPhone 5 was first demonstrated to the public on Sept. 12 of last year and entered shops in the U.S. nine days later. The iPhone 4S was announced on Oct. 4, 2011, and went on sale in the U.S. 10 days later.