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Until now, Apple has only offered the iPhone in black and white, (or ‘slate’ and ‘silver’ for the iPhone 5). However, a report in TechCrunch claims that Apple plans to add a gold colour option for its forthcoming iPhone 5S, citing multiple sources.
The device is unlikely to be “a totally blinged-out gold,” according to TechCrunch’s MG Siegler, but a more subtle “champagne” colour – similar to the previously released gold iPod Mini.
A gold iPhone would likely do well in the Chinese and Indian Markets, where the colour is very popular. Once considered gaudy, gold is now reportedly one of the most popular after-market colour adjustments for current iPhones.
The report comes after French website MacBoutic published photos of the rumoured gold iPhone 5S last week. BGR also published images of a champagne-coloured device and associated components earlier in the month.
Meanwhile, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has offered accurate information on Apple’s product plans in the past, has published a research note claiming that the iPhone 5S will be available in gold.
“We also forecast the new model will add a new look, a golden casing, and a new option for larger 128GB storage, to offer greater differentiation from iPhone 5,” said Kuo.
The news follows rumours last month that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will include a fingerprint sensor, which could be used for unlocking the homescreen or confirming identity for payment from the App Store or other outlets.
If the rumours are true, the latest iPhone will be the first Apple product to feature such a sensor. Motorola released the Atrix 4G in 201, which featured a biometric fingerprint sensor, but customers reported mixed levels of success with the scanner, with many saying the sensor failed to recognise their fingerprint.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5S at a media event on September 10. The company is also believed to be near to announcing the release of a ‘budget’ iPhone designed to target developing markets.
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LONDON, Aug 23 — TechCrunch has published the first photos of the iPhone wearing its new shiny coat. In addition to the traditional black and white, Apple’s next smartphone will reportedly be available in a pale gold colour dubbed “champagne.”
While this new, flashier color is said to be obtained simply by anodizing the smartphone’s aluminum shell, fans of all that glitters can already acquire iPhones made of solid gold, or even encrusted with diamonds, from third-party brands. Amosu offers an ultra high-end version of the iPhone 5 at €18,800, (RM75,200) while Goldgenie sells its 24 CT iPhone 5 at prices exceeding €56,000.
A more affordable alternative, the potential champagne iPhone 5S could be a hit in Asian markets, where the colour is particularly in vogue.
Official presentation on September 10
Apple will officially present the iPhone 5S on September 10, most likely alongside a more affordable version of the smartphone that the rumour mill is calling the iPhone 5C. As far as the 5S, rumours suggest the presence of a fingerprint reader for enhanced data protection, as well as a more powerful processor, a higher-resolution camera (13MP), a double flash and a new home button.
Sources: AFP Relax | MalayMailOnline