Apple will likely release the iPhone 7 later this year, and it looks like it will come in a new color. Earlier rumors from Mac Otakara suggested the tech giant would release a dark blue iPhone, but now, the Japanese blog claims the smartphone making giant will introduce a black option instead.

iPhone 7 Will Release In A New Darker Color

Apple to offer more color options?

The Japanese blog adds that instead of being an entirely new color option, it will replace Space Gray.

“I have heard another information [sic] that space grey would not be disconnected, but would be possibly updated to much darker color,” the blog states.

It is not the first black iPhone technically as there was a black option starting with the very first model in 2007 until the iPhone 4s. With the iPhone 5’s metallic back, the “Space Gray” color was introduced, and it was clearly more gray than black.

However, if the rumor is true, it would be the first black iPhone with a metallic design. And it is still possible that we might see another color aside from space black and space gray. It could be the dark blue color that was rumored earlier. Given that the tech giant already sells a rose gold (also known as pink) version of the iPhone, it would make sense, and a dark blue color would be a nice complement.

If the rumors are true, iPhone users will certainly be pleased with a new color option to give them a good upgrade incentive in a year when we may see only a minor upgrade. The tech giant is reportedly planning to move to a three-year release cycle for major hardware revisions. The majority of the audience agrees that the current iPhone color palette is outdated, while around 36% said it made no difference in their purchasing decision, according to 9to5Mac.

Expected specs for the iPhone 7

The larger Plus model of the iPhone 7 is expected to have a dual camera, whereas the regular model will not, according to rumors about this year’s models. Also the white plastic antenna stripes on the back of the current iPhone will likely be redesigned so that they become invisible. It should be noted that none of these rumors confirm any actual details about the next iPhone. To get the official details, we will have to wait until Apple’s iPhone event, which will probably be in September.

On Monday, Apple shares closed down 1.46% at $92.04. Year to date, the stock is down by over 14%, while in the last year, it is down by over 27%. The stock has a 52-week high of $132.97 and a 52-week low of $89.47.