Is this Apple’s gold-colored iPhone 5S rear shell?

By , Aug 16, 2013

Gold iPhone 5S (MacBoutic 001)

We first heard whispers of the iPhone 5S possibly including a bunch of color choices back in January. In the weeks and months leading up to Apple’s upcoming September 10 announcement, the colorized iPhone 5S rumors intensified. Yesterday, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo analyst wrote in a note to clients that he has reasons to believe one of the several color choices includes a brand new golden colorway.

A French blog has posted interesting looking pictures which the website claims depict a gold-colored iPhone 5S casing. I’ve included the image and a few additional details after the break…

Engadget passes along a post by MacBoutic.fr that includes the images seen throughout this post.

Note that we have no way of confirming the authenticity of these shots. Also keep in mind that anodization services like AnoStyle can easily paint the existing iPhone 5 in some great looking colors, among them gold.

Check out the front and back shell.

Gold iPhone 5S (MacBoutic 004)Gold iPhone 5S (MacBoutic 005)

I’m not sure why, but MacBoutic says it deliberately blurred the Apple and the iPhone moniker on the back of the device. For what it’s worth, the placement of the screws along the back of the deviceappears consistent with the previously leaked back plate components.

You’ll remember that the usually reliable Japanese blog Macotakara affirmed earlier in the week that golden casing will be one of the few possible iPhone 5S color choices.

Check out the left and right profile views.

Gold iPhone 5S (MacBoutic 002)

Gold iPhone 5S (MacBoutic 003)

Check out the details: it certainly doesn’t look like an aftermarket project.

For what it’s worth, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks the gold color will be exclusive to a rumored 128GB iPhone 5S model, which today surfaced in the sales system of the German retailer Media Markt.

As commenters have previously noted, the gold-colored option is very Apple-inlike, but if the iPhone 5S is to come in a range of colors like the latest iPod touch series, why not offer the gold variant – Kim Kardashian will be ecstatic.

I love the chamfered edges with the exquisite gold finish to them – the Rolex of smartphones, indeed!

Just out of curiosity, have these shots made you change your mind about the gold-colored iPhone 5S?

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  • ap3604

    Please iDownloadblog… I’m trying to keep my breakfast down.

    • Maxim∑

      Why is the inside gold? That’s strange because its always silver coated internally

      • dad2at

        it is anodized,100% of aluminum surface is anodized

      • ARUIZMART

        Why I don’t see the apple logo

      • illK†Δ

        Because you didn’t read the article? It says they blurred it out

  • Pass

    Yikes that’s nasty… All gold is not good look.

  • Apanizo2

    Looks more like a Kardashian iPhone if you ask me.

    • mehrab

      Rofl

  • Blip dude

    I’ll stick with black, maybe even white, thanks!!!

  • abdullah575

    whats NEW in iOS 7 beta 6 no articles ???

  • Heitor Castro 

    Hope no. Please, Apple, don’t do it. An all silver iPhone would be way more beautiful than this.

    • mehrab

      Or blue

      • Kurt

        like the HTC One? I prefer the red HTC One but problem is with metal you need a case. I am anti cases

      • mehrab

        Never had a case on my i5. Tbh we dont really want red/blue phones. Personally i”d want a red iphine5/htc one but i”d want it for a week or so then i”d go back to the classic colors

    • n0ahcruz3

      I second that!

  • Ewwwww

    BARF!!!

  • Kevin Guzman

    That is… ugly.

  • http://deadbuffalopodcast.blogspot.com/ DeadBuffalo Podcast

    Lemme know when the iBling comes out.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Putrid to say the least.

  • Burge

    If that comes out can someone ressurect Steve jobs there is no way he’ll let this come out ..

  • Kyle Beroney

    I’ve seen the good 4S’s on eBay and I couldn’t believe they did that. They will prolly charge more for it cuz “it’s gooollddd”

  • Sokrates

    In future marketig/history books, this will certainly be an example for the hype that Apple could build up. A golden iPhone is the peak.

    • Zaidan Umar

      How bout you write a book on it Sokrates

  • Eric

    Hey Christian,

    Yes, I like the “gold color” – however, I would not purchase it, here’s why….

    Gold anodized and gold plated products tend to easily and quickly show wear, scratches, and the color wears off – think about a gold Seiko watch and its gold band.

    Another reason not to really worry about the color for me, I prefer to use a slim case around my iPhone, so, if I’m going to cover it up, why bother with a color which they may try to charge me for!

  • omrishtam

    still gonna buy white….

    • Gorgonphone

      yeah whites cause the black will chip

      • mehrab

        Whites show germs,dirt. Blacks tend to chip. Thats all i hear :p i never had an iphone that chipped/got dirty no matter what the color lol.

  • ImLouis

    I think 100% that this is a leak, the frame looks identical to the iphone 5! Dont no what apple are doing! I guess its going to appeal to someone!

  • Gorgonphone

    rappers rejoice

  • Ye11

    So much SWAG…

  • ConduciveMammal

    Oh nice, now all the British degenerate youths will think they’re flash with their bling-coloured iPhones to go with their fake tans, bleached hair and tacky nails. Thanks Apple

  • klouud

    Stay classy Apple… don’t make gold items.

  • ProfessorX1®

    What has Apple come to? God please help Apple.

  • Rio

    that’s hot xD
    it has its own beauty, they are people who like that color, me one of them ;)
    im sick of black iPhones since 7 years, white is good but gold will be a different thing.
    btw its not a strong gold, its a sexy one with some silver nuance

  • benz_85

    Hell no, this just looks bad. It doesn’t have apple’s sleek style.

  • Scroat

    Greatest most innovative company on the planet. Apple will rule the world

  • Matt Taylor

    Why?

    • Kaptivator

      Because people will buy it…

  • Sean Cua

    It’ll look better once the top and the bottom plates are placed. The two tone design would fix it.

  • batongxue

    Well that’s better than previous rendering. Doesn’t look like shite that much.

  • Mike

    Horrible idea. The average consumer will not buy a gold iPhone. Plus when it does get scratch which it will.. It will look awful. I can already see the blogs on it.

  • Kurt

    gay

  • triggerfiend

    if apple has learned anything, i hope its to use a harder iodized alluminum.

  • blastingbigairs

    I feel the vomit slowly moving up my throat and into my mouth. Disgusting!