About a month ago, rumours leaked that Apple was testing green and purple paint jobs for the next batch of iPhones, and while it seemed like a stretch, new info from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has now added a bit more credibility to the idea that a bunch of brightly coloured iPhones might be available later this spring.
In a bit of a twist, Kuo didn’t mention green or purple, but the analyst said almost every other colour could show up on 2018 iPhones, with the upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone X successor available in “grey, white, blue, red and orange”, while the larger 6.5-inch version may come in black, white and gold.
Now, black isn’t anything new for Apple, and it’s possible that white and grey could just mean Apple’s current silver and space grey finishes, but that would still leave iPhone fans with three (or four) bold new colours to choose from (depending on what kind of gold Apple goes with).
— 9to5Mac (@9to5mac) July 5, 2018
If the rumour is true, after years of pale handsets clad in various shades of gold, the upcoming iPhone lineup would be Apple’s most colourful handset release since the iPhone 5C back in 2013.
And if you ask me, based on the mock created by 9to5Mac (shown above), the iPhone’s new paint jobs would look pretty good.
Also, if we look at the larger smartphone market, it seems after years of playing it safe (especially in the US where multiple companies have told me that most consumers tend to stick with boring black or silver devices), handset makers are finally starting to get more adventurous with phones — such as the gorgeous Huawei P20 Pro and its special chameleon paint job, the sweet signature Lilac Purple finish on the Galaxy S9, and the Xiaomi Mi 8 and HTC U12+ which both have versions sporting transparent backs.
But if you ask me, the one thing I’d really like to see Apple do is revisit the fruity colours found on iMacs and other Apple machines back in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Aside from the Bondi Blue that most people remember, there were 12 other colours, including strawberry, sage and tangerine, along with two rare, limited edition colours in Blue Dalmatian and Flower Power.
Considering the popularity of transparent case mods for the Nintendo Switch, I really don’t think that’s too much to ask. Make it happen, Apple.