Gold iPhone 5S to be joined by budget iPhone 5C?

Gold iPhone 5S to be joined by budget iPhone 5C?Only three weeks till the iPhone 5S launch (er, not that Apple has, like, confirmed it or anything), and in the meantime the rumour mill continues to spin out of control like a yoyo on crack.

Two particular rumours have been reiterated, specifically the notion of a gold iPhone 5S, and the idea of a budget iPhone 5C.

We wrote about the gold iPhone 5S at the weekend, and the story is further backed up by sources of AllThingsD; sources who are “in a position to know”.

They’re saying that the gold iPhone 5S will be “elegant”; “Think champagne, not ingot,” says one of the sources.

If true, it’ll be the first time the iPhone has been available in a colour other than plain old black or white. Other purported iPhone 5S specs include a fingerprint scanner on the Home button, and an option with 128GB storage.

Speaking of coloured iPhones, the budget iPhone 5C is tipped to come in a range of colours too, though the jury’s still very much out on its existence.

However, according to The Wall Street Journal and “people familiar with the matter”, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co is set to ship two iPhone models imminently: one high-end, one low-end.

With the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C tipped to launch together, possibly alongside an iPad 5 and/or iPad mini 2, September 10 is shaping up to be a pretty busy day. Of course, it’s been 10 months since the last iDevice launch, so it's about freakin' time.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2013 at 12:10

CHAMPAGNE!!! Not gold, you neanderthal!

Gawd, it's ugly, though. Worse than pink with brown inlays!

sparx1981  Aug. 20, 2013 at 13:28

Ugly and completely against their brand. What sort of person do you see covered in gold jewelry, necklaces and rings?..... http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/eggsngrits/chav_gurl.jpg Is that the premium brand that apple normally try to command?

Different colours could be an option but gold... I really hope this isn't the only new option.

To top it off, if it was real gold in order to keep a premium feel... it'd weigh a tonne and not have any signal

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2013 at 14:11

Sparx - from all I have read, it'll be called Champagne, and it won't be the kind of garish gold so craved by the bored and filthy rich - and the wannabes. Still, I agree. It'll prolly look sh*t!
But I'm sure black and white will still dominate.

apcody  Aug. 20, 2013 at 17:05

Apple have clearly identified their intended market then... Desperate times call for desperate measures

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2013 at 17:54

How come times are desperate for Apple? Record sales and profits?!?
Oh, wait: cause some people say so?! Gotcha ;)

apcody  Aug. 20, 2013 at 20:24

record profits have you seen some other set of results than the published ones?

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2013 at 20:28

record profits have you seen some other set of results than the published ones?
Do we need to continue replying with questions?

apcody  Aug. 20, 2013 at 23:00

Well it seems so when you talk about record profits that no one has seen?
"$6.9 billion in net income represents a notable drop from the $8.8 billion Apple pocketed in the same quarter last year."

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2013 at 23:43

iPhone 5 sales up... yada yada

apcody  Aug. 21, 2013 at 17:51

More phones yet profit still down so must be struggling to sell their flagship I would say ... as I said desperate blah blah

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 21, 2013 at 18:47

Okay. I buy the wreath...

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