The iPhone is rumored to come in three colors so far: white, black, and gold. But wait -- there seems to be another color making the rumor rounds. A grey, graphite, or gunmetal (whatever you want to call it) color for the iPhone 5S has leaked, pointing to the possibility of the new Apple phone getting four colors.
Every day, we get closer to the September 10 Apple event, at which we'll get the official reveal for the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. However, today you can get a look at the 5C a little early as leaked photos and a video show a colorful array of back cases and a setup that may very well include a batch of the less expensive iPhone undergoing tests.
Though it's not quite as likely that we'd find official Apple-made hardware leaked to a Japan-based parts replacement store as it would one in China, today's appearance of a Gunmetal-colored iPhone 5S SIM-tray is intriguing all the same. What we're seeing here is a series of comparison shots of this Gunmetal color (not black, but darker than the white iPhone 5) near the iPhone 5's two color iterations. This would be the fourth color iPhone 5S tray to have appeared in the past month.
This week we've heard more than one unofficial confirmation that the iPhone 5S would be launched with three color models - and today we're seeing the whole lot. According to sources - the anonymous kind - speaking on the iPhone 5S launch coming up soon (as soon as September 10th, as it were), the device is set to be sent out in white, black, and gold. This third color option is not likely to be gold the same way a golden pirate coin is gold, instead appearing much closer to a Champagne in tone.
Apple's iPhone 5S will almost certainly come in a gold or champagne finish, multiple sources have confirmed with insiders familiar with the next-gen iOS 7 flagship smartphone, describing the finish as "elegant" rather than gaudy. After reports over the weekend of a new color option for the iPhone 5S alongside the existing black and silver, and chatter of leaked parts earlier this month, now AllThingsD claims its moles have told it to "think champagne, not ingot" about the third hue, which will be paired with a white fascia. However, the gold iPhone 5S isn't solely about a new color, with long-standing talk of fingerprint biometrics expected to culminate in a new push for smartphone security in iOS 7 and beyond.
In the array of photos of the iPhone 5S that've we've seen over the past few weeks, one set of "Champagne" or otherwise gold-colored parts have appeared: today we can make that two. What's appearing to be a set of gold iPhone 5S parts have arrived at Mac Boutique where they've suggested the device to have its logos "blurred" for one reason or another - in other words: they're deliberately edited out. These parts appear to match leaks of this next-generation device we've seen in silver and black as recent as early this week.
In a set of photos from what appears to be a factory floor the iPhone 5S has been teased with two iterations: one a single-LED flash, another with a dual-LED flash. This is indicated by a single circle hole or a bit more of an oval, here showing the next-generation iPhone to be working with the same configuration we've seen in dummy models over the past two days. This leak comes from C Tech, a leakster of some note with sources in Vietnam and throughout China.
This afternoon a new set of parts - and therefor clues - have arrived in the upstream iPhone parts market indicating a new color combination for the next-generation iPhone 5S. This device will be delivered with a body and set of specifications very similar to the iPhone 5, coming some time this year with what's likely to be a next-generation processor and camera setup. Hardware appearing today suggests that a new option for coloring will be appearing as well, right in-between white and black with a rather unforeseen shade of Champagne.
It may be time for Apple to drop the name-change conventions entirely (once again) as an LCD display component has appeared internationally with the name "iPhone 5G" attached. While it's possible that this set of leaked images from USwitch could indicate the next iPhone model will grab a new "G" when released to the public, it's far more likely that the G stands for "generation". This would indicate that the next refresh of the iPhone will either stick with the name iPhone 5 or will drop the numbers entirely, like the iPad.
It should be no secret by now that Apple has something brewing in the iPhone department set for a big reveal in the the near future. What we've seen over the past few weeks is a trickle turned to a steady stream of bits and pieces leading us to believe that there's not just one, but two new models coming to the market, both of them with the number "5" in their title. Today we're seeing camera components and casings, complete with up-close and high-definition photos of the whole set.