updated 04:38 pm EDT, Fri August 16, 2013
Third trim option for 5S buyers?
Photos obtained by a French site depict a rear shell for a supposed gold-colored iPhone 5S. Smaller gold parts have been leaked during the past few months, but have often been dismissed given how easy it would be to confuse them with aftermarket parts for the iPhone 5. In this case however the entire shell is gold-tinged, including the internals.
If it's authentic, it's not clear how a gold color might fit into Apple's options for the 5S. Other leaked shells have Apple's regular silver trim, which may mean that buyers will be able to choose between silver or gold trim in addition to white or black backing. That shift would complicate Apple's production process, but could help distinguish the 5S from the lower-cost, plastic-based 5C.