Isn’t it funny how no one is bitching about the two-tone iPhone 5 design now? Prior to the announcement, you were pretty divided over the controversial design, with 53 percent upvoting the two-tone thing and the remaining 47 percent saying it looks hideous.

It’s here now, it is two-tone and boy does it look great, thanks to Apple’s production polish and some top-notch Photoshop work. If there’s one thing we can all learn from this, it’s not to take blurry shots of engineering samples and leaked shells for granted: the final production units always feel and look substantially smoother and sexier compared to the samples leaking out of Asia.

The two-tone design entails some interesting design solutions: the handset is no longer purely black or white. Instead, Jonny Ive and his team took advantage of two similar colors to subtly accent the phone’s trim, not just the glass stripes on the back.

If you’ll be getting yourself an iPhone 5, we’d love to hear which one it’s gonna be: the white & silver combo or the black & slate one…


I’m a white gadget person.

To me, smoked black is last century and too Sony-ish.

That’s why all of my mobile devices (iPhones, iPads and so forth) are in white, whenever possible.

But I’m not so sure about the self-imposed rule anymore: that black iPhone 5 looks pretty darn sexy, doesn’t it?

Here’s a closer look at the camera unit.

Black with that trim looks gorgeous!

And here’s your white version.

So, which one is it gonna be, white & silver or black & slate?

Cast your vote now.

We’ve got some nice high-resolution press shots showing off the iPhone 5 in all its glory, with lots more at

Of course, you’ll also wanna sit through Apple’s nicely done iPhone 5 presentation video.

By the way, here’s to hoping that the white iPhone 5 doesn’t discolor like the iPhone 4/4S.

Anyone care to comment on the final two-tone design?


  • I am still ‘bitching’ about the two-tone design. Thank you very much!

  • White personal preference for me.

  • Yellow Lumia 920 for me!

    • Emre SUMENGEN

      troll-slayer vorpal for you!

    • enjoy the BSOD. =)

  • this time its gonna be black for almost everyone it just looks gorgeous!!!!

  • Black

  • btw, I am still bitching about the two tone design…

    • Guest

      Me too, so much for the Apple “misinformation” plot.

  • I am getting the white one, but I heard the black one runs faster. (Apologies)

  • Always white devices, but now it’s time to black!

  • Kok Hean

    I’m Chinese.

  • I always preferred the white, but black definitely looks better on the iPhone 5

  • Black looks very plain jane to me. I like the contrast of the white and silver, rather than all black.

    White this time around.

  • samdchuck

    I have a white 3GS, and would always choose white, but since they now (as in since the 3GS) have the front panel in the same color as the back I just have to go with black. No white front for me.


    Not really… It wasn’t looking great back then, and it’s absolutely not looking great now…

    I’m not saying iPhone 5 can’t be a top seller…

    I’m just saying I’m not happy with Apple’s performance under Tim Cook’s reign, when compared to the older years. I’m not as excited as I was when I saw iPhone 4 on stage.

    iPhone 5 does not bring such innovation to the table… Yes, I can say it’s a good device overall, but it’s not a leap from the previous model. And THAT makes me sad…

    • Well, yes and no. Under the hood there’s vast improvements. The design is relatively unchanged. But I don’t think it’s fair to say the phone itself hasn’t been improved upon.

      • What would you say is not improved on?

      • I didn’t say anything wasn’t improved upon, Emre did. But if you’re asking me about the design, aesthetically it hasn’t changed DRASTICALLY. Sure, new back and if you get a black model there’s the slate finish but the design itself is still the iPhone 4, which again, I like.

      • Emre SUMENGEN

        I didn’t say it wasn’t improvement… It absolutely is. And we’ll be talking about how fast it is compared to any other device, in about a week…

        What I said was, it’s not the same amount of improvement that iPhone 4 was over iPhone 3GS…

        And, I (yes, I, myself) don’t like the new longer design, or the new “lightning” connector. I have my reasons, you may or may not agree and I’m fine with it. Just notice that the article starts with the sentence “Isn’t it funny how no one is bitching about the two-tone iPhone 5 design now?”. And mine is a comment to that: I didn’t love it back then, I’m not loving it now. Plain, simple…

    • I look at it the same way I look at the MacBooks, they’ve had the same Unibody Aluminum design for years now but it works just how I would expect it and Apple just has to upgrade the internal hardware. If it ain’t broke… don’t fix it.

    • samdchuck

      Sounds like you got spoiled by all the rumors ans leaks.

      • Emre SUMENGEN

        Well, in fact rumors did help build the expectations, of course… But, I guess what I was looking for was the excitement I felt during SJ keynotes… Unfortunately for me, that wasn’t there…

  • I’m still not “crazy” about it. It looks nice, absolutely. I’ve always loved the iPhone 4 design. I’m glad they’re sticking with the form factor but I have seen it for two years now so I guess you can say that’s why I’m not CRAZY about it.

  • I’m bitching that all these parts were previously leaked and we didn’t get surprised

    • Me too, so much for the Apple “misinformation” plot.

  • nickickass

    how many gigs of ram ?

  • Black Guy

    Black looks AMAZING

  • I love this phone..people always crying about it looking the same just a little diff from last yr get a life this is a beautiful iPhone faster thiner lighter quicker wot more do ya want get a life if ya want a diff look altogether get a diff phone and stop crying :-/

  • What about doing a poll to see who is going to even get the iPhone 5. I would love to vote on that have around 4 choices.

  • I had all iPhone generations. My 3G and 3GS was black, then I bought an black iPhone 4. This year I’ve traded my iPhone 4 for an iPhone 4S white, it’s really really beautiful. But, after this iPhone 5 I’m definitely coming back to black, no doubt.

  • How can they justify over double the price for the phones in Australia $799 $899 $999

    • Aren’t these outright prices? The US prices include plan aswell

  • definitley black!
    white is weird for an iphone.

  • Irfan Tarique

    Can’t believe that the black looks more sexy than the white one

  • My Apple products are all black. Not getting the new iPhone, but the new different-colour iTouches look awesome.

  • Definitley black and slate!

  • nickickass

    RIM SHALL DOMINATE IN 2013 jokeee lol rip RIM

    • you mean RIF? Research is frozen

  • standard black 16 is great for me

  • Akhfash

    Black like black spiderman..look amazing….;)

  • goofygreek

    to me, the white and silver looks like crap. The black and slate looks a lot better. But thats only my opinion.

  • The black is anodised aluminium. The same process apple have been used on coloured iPods since forever.
    Since the colour compound is deposited on top of the aluminium, I can wear through or scratch off and show untreated aluminium underneath.
    In short, any damage will be very apparent.
    Due to this I will probably go white