The next-generation iPhones will be the first not to be offered in black colour options, sources suggest, as Apple moves to a more varied palette for its smartphones.
According to supply-chain sources known to the lovely people at iPhone-repair shop and trade-in specialists Meandmyi, the top-end iPhone 5S will come in three colour options only.
A process of deduction means that these must include the already-seen, opinion-dividing ‘champagne’ gold edition.
It’s also a pretty safe bet that Apple will retain the standard white colour since, as was evident at the iOS 7 unveiling earlier this year, the white edition of the iPhone now appears to be the tech giant’s favoured colourway for marketing purposes.
That means that the much-spotted ‘graphite grey’ version (see uSwitch Tech’s snaps here to see how far removed the new shade is from the black model of the iPhone 5 that it sits alongside) must be replacing the black edition of the iPhone as we’ve known it.
As for the iPhone 5C, the same sources assure us that a black edition will definitely not be coming to market. Instead it will apparently drop in the array of glowing shades (think: green, red, yellow and light blue) that we’ve seen online in recent leaks.
Assuming this is so, it makes sense to keep black – and maybe even white – as exclusive 5S colours to help differentiate the top-end new model iPhone from its cheaper stablemate.
Either way, we ought to find out soon enough. Apple is apparently set to debut both handsets on September 10th, ahead of their putative release date on September 20th.