We have been hearing rumors about Apple’s plans to offer its forthcoming iPhone 5S in a gold colored variant and even seen alleged photos of the device. Now a report by TechCrunch’s MG Siegler has all but confirmed the existence of this variant.
Yes, there will be a gold iPhone. 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.
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According to the report, the idea of a gold variant stems from the fact that the color is very popular in the after-markets. Gold colored cases are a huge hit, especially in countries like China and India and Apple wants to tap into this growing market. Another reason could be that Apple is facing another year where their upgrades will be internal rather than external, and by offering a new jazzy color it would be able to please a large section of buyers.
Making a gold colored variant is not difficult either and in fact is much easier to manufacture than the black variant. The process involves a simple chemical reaction, with the possible addition of dye depending on the exact color they want to produce. Siegler further reveals that the device won’t be a gaudy gold color but a more subtle champagne color.
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Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5S during a press conference on September 10, and the device is said to feature a faster processor, an upgraded camera with a dual-LED flash and an embedded fingerprint scanner. The 5S will also reportedly be accompanied by the cheaper iPhone 5C, which too will be offered in multiple colored variants, ranging from white, red, blue, green and yellow among others.