It looks like there’s really a golden iPhone on the way

By , Aug 18, 2013

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The next iPhone is definitely going to come in gold, according to a new report from TechCrunch this evening. The news follows several weeks of reports and purported part leaks suggesting that the iPhone 5S will be offered in the new color.

It’s believed that Apple is adding the third color option, in addition to black and white, to its flagship handset line in an effort to differentiate the device from its predecessors. And don’t worry, it’s said to be more of a ‘champagne,’ than a gold

TechCrunch’s MG Siegler reports:

“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.”

Siegler has a fairly solid track record with Apple intel, accurately predicting iTunes Radio and other products months ahead of their unveilings. Add this to the reports and components we’ve seen in recent weeks, and a gold iPhone seems very likely.

Gold iPhone 5S (MacBoutic 002)

The theory first popped up several months ago, when photos of a golden SIM card tray hit the web. It then resurfaced earlier this month, when a report from Macotakara called for a golden iPhone, and has since been reiterated by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Siegler explains, though, that it’s more of a ‘champagne’ color:

“Perhaps most importantly, I’m told that the golden iPhone will not be a totally blinged-out gold.

…Think: less “gold” and more “champagne”. In other words, more like the old gold iPod mini. (Incidentally, this model of the iPod mini was the shortest-lived, presumably because it was less popular.) The gold tone also apparently shifts depending on how light is hitting it.”

It’ll be interesting to see the public reaction to this golden iPhone, and how Apple plans to market it. It could make it exclusive to higher-end 5S models, like the 64GB or the rumored 128GB, or it could offer it alongside its slate and silver options.

Either way, it looks like it’s coming, and we’ll find out for sure in a few weeks. Apple is expected to unveil its new smartphone at a media event on September 10. The device is believed to feature a number of upgrades, and a built-in fingerprint sensor.

So what do you think, would you buy a gold/champagne iPhone 5S?

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  • Dlevi309

    Way too much in my opinion

  • Maxim∑

    Everyone is going to complain now then once it comes out they will buy it… Same routine for every apple product

    • JL

      Agree..

    • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

      That first Picture looks like copper…

    • Gorgonphone

      thats why cook ‘n ive refuse to make anything good cause they know no matter how bad it is folks will still buy it.. cause its apple.. buy how long can that last?

  • Manny Carranza

    I think it would look nice I’m looking forward to seeing it.

  • cpotter1122

    I like it, I’ll probably get it in gold/champagne. But still have to wait n see, maybe it won’t look as good as I’m picturing it in my mind

  • Edward Pacheco

    I hope no one like it so I can get one and be one of the few people to have a different color iPhone.

    • Sean Clark

      Because this is an S-model (i.e. has few immediately discernible features), you can bet a whole bunch of people will be getting the gold iPhone just to make sure the world knows they have a 5S.

      • Kaptivator

        Think the “Champagne” will attract women. I showed my wife and she said “I can’t wait for this to come out”. On the womens fashion side, you are starting to see that rose golden and golden color more often (Michael Kors & Gucci) with watches and sun shades. Also remember that they hired that fashion guy. Please believe this is just the start of the “Champagne”, especially with the iWatch concept on the horizon. Yes, some men will like it. However, I see many women with this variation than men. Remember, with technology, visual appeal gravitates women and specks and dull (slate and black) gravitates men.

  • diggitydang

    And then we slap a coloured case on it and it’s not a gold iPhone anymore… At least not on the outside!

    I don’t like it, based on all these pics though…

    • Gorgonphone

      gold cases dude

      • diggitydang

        Hahaha. Fair enough… Although I could put a gold case on any other silver or slate and it’ll still look the same…

  • Bparrott7

    Absolutely! It is stylish and contemporary. It distinguishes iPhone from cheap plastic phones made by you know who in Korea. Just beautiful!

    • Kurt

      iPhone 5C is made in Korea? Who knew!

      • Hyr3m

        XD

    • Gorgonphone

      it will look cool until the gold paint starts chipping into silver

  • Alex Marwaha

    I cant believe. as much as i love apple, they are getting desperate. this is way too unclassy. gold is more of a samsung or nokia color, not apple. apple has more style and class than this. keep it to black/slate and white/silver. cmon…

    • mav3rick

      Lately this is their “innovation”: same phone from last year but this time in gold and collecting your fingerprints, neonOS stripped from all eye candy pleasant look with endless white screens and simple text or sketched buttons…

      • Alex Marwaha

        your words seem too advanced for me to understand, so all im going to say is that im disappointed. it looks plain cheap. stick will black or white please. i will hate to see someone walking around with a golden apple product.

      • Gorgonphone

        cook ‘n ive cant hear you

      • JimGramze

        Golden Apples go back to mythology, not that that makes me want one.

      • Sokrates

        Are you kidding me? Please define me the word “innovation”.

      • Gorgonphone

        “innovation” = not what cook ‘n ive are doing

      • mehrab

        You”re amazingly accurate (sarcasm). Neon os stripped with rainbow gay colors! Thats ios 7 collecting fungerprints? :o thats the 5s! What do you want? Apps to come out your phone and do shit for you? Ios 7 is the most beautifully designed mobile os of all time. It is super advanced then ios 6″s design. Get the public version on an iphone 5. Play around with it. Theres more to it then the icons. Everything is much more fucntional beautiful and simple

      • Gorgonphone

        “Ios 7 is the most beautifully designed mobile os of all time.”

        ^^^^pure madness

      • mehrab

        The esign is unique and simple and has the sleekest use of animations and gimmicky cool shit while having neon icons which move 3-d like way. What else would you want?

      • Gorgonphone

        welcome to cook ‘n ives world… were mediocrity hold sway

    • Sokrates

      Ok, so every color they can use, from red, to blue, to yellow, black, white, … except gold/champagne should not fit to apple? that’s nonsense.

    • Gorgonphone

      yeah welcook ‘n ive suck sko they think this is cool

    • George

      Remember the Motorola Razr? Once Razr sales decreased and the popularity started dying down, Moto released a “gold version” and some color variations. Haha looks like Apple may finally be falling from the king of smartphones throne it has sat on since 2007.

  • sivkai

    So Apple has a new target audience, gangsters and drug cartels?

    • Stefano

      LOL

    • therealjjohnson

      Yeah. Because only gangsters and drug dealers own gold items…

      • sivkai

        I guess you don’t understand the concept of a joke.

      • therealjjohnson

        I understood. Just didn’t think it was funny…

      • Gorgonphone

        i only understand funny jokes.. bad ones are just eh…

      • Gorgonphone

        yup

    • Kurt

      same as eric holder and obama

      • Gorgonphone

        hahhahahahhh silly comment.. but very inline with the ruling culture

  • Matt

    I’d love to see red/blue options.. although a macbook silver would deff get my attention even if it does sound plain. Redmondpie has a red i5 and looks really sharp.

  • Jonathan Foell ™

    Honestly I’m a fan!

    • Stefano

      I too am a fan. If it’s an ‘off gold’ color, I’m game.

  • Alex Marwaha

    iphone 5c seems like a better option than this… even if it has an a7, 13mp camera, and overal better res and speed, gold is not worth it.

  • Prasoon Singh

    What’s the point? People will just put a case on their golden iPhone 5S.

    • Kurt

      That’s the problem with metal. Glass is best!

    • Gorgonphone

      a gold case that is

  • A P Plause

    Yes, because Apple clearly care and base their products off of what users in a comments section of a blog are saying. They obviously know what they are doing and can make it work.

    • Gorgonphone

      ive listens to nothing but his crazy inner voices that lack UI design skills

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    Ehh, I’d have to see it, but I really like the Black/Slate color. I have the White/Silver iPhone 5 but will be giving it to my father and upgrading to the 5S. I think the Slate color is the way to go, and it’s what I should of gotten in the first place. But anyways, some people will like it, some people one, just as some people like white/silver, and others like black/slate. Let’s move on…

  • TuNuT

    Don’t care as my iPhone 4S is still in good shape/condition… Wait for iPhone 6 with bigger screen then… :)

    • Gorgonphone

      4S is old now …the 5 is new minimum

  • Malay Mody

    the header picture makes it look less radically gold and makes it look decent but i would love this

    • batongxue

      This is ugly

    • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

      Agree!

    • http://www.facebook.com/luisreyespr Luis

      beautiful

    • Gorgonphone

      new that is hot and should have been done a looong time ago but ive lacks such understanding of Basic color their as evidenced in IOS7

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Beautiful design for a beautiful OS (iOS 6)…too bad it’s not official.

  • ItzEddie

    Some people will like it, some won’t. All I think about is its just another option for anyone who wants it, personally I will still go for the black, though with the iOS 7 UI I am tempted to go for the white.

    • Gorgonphone

      NO! thats too logical and sensible..

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    YUCK!

  • @dongiuj

    Nope

  • blastingbigairs

    Does it come with a Chrysler 300 on Dubs???

    • Gorgonphone

      you me 26s?! that the new minimunm

  • bw00ds

    Kind of pretentious.

    • Gorgonphone

      it will get you chicks dude..

      • bw00ds

        LOL

  • n0ahcruz3

    Steve jobs is going thermonuclear in his grave.

    • Guest

      he’s too busy in hell

      • Kaptivator

        Or decaying like the rest of the deceased. Let Jobs R.I.P. Statements about what Job’s is doing from the grave or what he wouldn’t have done if he was alive are old…really old.

      • Gorgonphone

        you trying to civilize the human animal ..really.. naive..

    • Gorgonphone

      he came back the dead just to shoot himself in the head and die again.. and its all cook ‘n ives fault

  • Kurt

    Gay

    • Gorgonphone

      gay is the new straight

  • Bleh

    A new ugly ass phone for a new ugly ass OS.

    • A P Plause

      Cool opinion.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Hahaha, very well put.

  • iamairik

    Yes. Its time for me to upgrade my 4s.

  • :D

    Gold? No. Champagne/White? DEFINITELY!

  • abdullah575

    this willl be good for thefs !!

  • David Gitman

    I still love my black iPhone 4 :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/luisreyespr Luis

    change the title: It looks like there’s really an ugly golden iPhone on the way

  • Hyr3m

    The Golden iPhone – or “how to tell who are the d0uches”

  • Bob

    IMO a gold iPhone looks incredibly tacky.

  • Beck Hoefling

    I’d rather buy a iphone 5 then a cheap version of the iPhone 6

  • RLX01051936

    Definitely NO

  • JimGramze

    I lived in Thailand for three years. As soon as I first saw a gold colored iPhone I immediately thought Asia. And I also thought China. Temples are garishly bedecked in red and gold. It’s a thing, a big thing. Think Chinese restaurants. Overall we might not care or think gold colored things are tacky and for pimps, but I’ve eaten off real gold plates there and sipped tea from a real gold cup. Somebody did their research, trust me. Real gold color for Asia, but the champagne would be better in the west. I always get black because my wife always wants white, that way we know whose is whose.