Rumors about a gold version of the iPhone 5S have now been confirmed by multiple media outlets, including TechCrunch and now, All Things D. John Paczkowski reports that sources told him the gold color will be more of a champagne color rather than a metallic gold. The iPhone 5S is expected to have a white face and a champagne-colored back plate.
Leaked components for a gold iPhone 5S
For months now, we’ve seen supposedly leaked photos of components designed for a gold iPhone. However, no one really focused on the gold color in those rumors. They were pretty easy to dismiss. Gizmodo runs through the rumors which stretch all the way back to April.
The site also points to an Aug. 8 posting by Luna Commerce, a third party parts supplier, which listed components for an “Apple iPhone 5S champagne button set.” Of course third party suppliers are not known for being particularly accurate, especially when it comes to a much-anticipated device like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 5S.
Is a gold iPhone 5S too much?
One of the things Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been known for is its class, and many have speculated whether a gold-colored iPhone 5S would be too gaudy or tacky. If the tone is more of a champagne color rather than a metallic gold, it could end up being classier than some think.
Don’t forget that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has dabbled with gold colored products in the past. The iPod Mini was released in a gold model, but it didn’t last very long because it was unpopular. Times have changed though, and gold has become one of the most popular colors for the iPhone. Changing the case to a gold-colored one is one of the most popular after market changes made to current iPhone models. In addition, gold is a popular color in India and China, two key markets in which Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is trying to make some headway.