First we had the rumor from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that the iPhone 5S would offer a gold color option. Now some photos which are allegedly of the gold iPhone 5S have surfaced. They first appeared on the French website MacBoutic and were subsequently spotted by Engadget.

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Gold iPhone 5S casing, parts appear

The photos show what the site claims to be a gold casing for the iPhone 5S. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s logo and the iPhone name are not on the casing because MacBoutic said it purposely blurred them out. It’s worth questioning why the site would do this and noting that the photos could be entirely fake, particularly if the logo and device name were never on the handset casing to begin with.

However, Jon Fingas of Engadget points out that there are signs that the photo might not be from an aftermarket project. He notes that the gold color extends to areas of the handset that are usually inaccessible, so he said this suggests that the gold casing might indeed be the real deal.

MacBoutic also posted some new photos of what it claims are components for the iPhone 5S. The photos allegedly show the proximity sensor for the device. Other components the site claims to show include the photo doc, the loud speaker and the vibrating motor for the iPhone 5S.

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Other rumors about iPhone colors

Of course this isn’t the first time we have heard that a gold iPhone might be in the making. Earlier this year there were rumors floating around about gold being one of the color options for the new flagship handset.

Also the rumors about the less expensive iPhone 5C coming in several colors still persist. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to show off the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at a big event on Sept. 10 and then launch them 10 days later.

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