Oh, the rumor mill is cooking now and Apple's doing a few things in the background to kick things up a notch. We've seen quite a few high quality leaked photos (if they're to be believed, that is; while this gaudy thing above might not be the gold iPhone Apple's supposedly working on, we've got no evidence the other is real either). And we're getting closer to a date announcement. The suspense is killing us!
If it seems like it's been months since Apple released anything new, it's because it has. With the exception of a MacBook Air refresh in June, nothing new has emerged from Cupertino since last October, when the iPad mini made its debut. But autumn is nearly upon us, which promises to bring a bevy of goodies for the holiday shopping season, not least of all the new iPhone. Or iPhones, as a series of increasingly convincing leaks and rumors have seemingly revealed. With an official unveiling (possibly) on the near horizon, we've pulled together the most believable rumors and reports we've heard so far, and boiled them down to a list of what we're likely see in the coming weeks.
Want to know what a difference a good photo can make? Take a look at these photos of an alleged gold iPhone 5S shell taken by Japanese site ASCII.JP (via MacRumors), which shows that it really does lean closer to "champagne" than "ingot." That still may not be enough to escape concerns of tackiness for some critics, but now it at least looks like something in line with Apple's reputation for quality aesthetics.
If you're wondering when the iPhone 5S and its little buddy the iPhone 5C will be coming out, September 20 seems like a good date to pin your hopes on. Today, noted Japanese business publication Nikkei reported (via Cnet) that both devices would make their debut on that Friday.
We're now three weeks out from the alleged Apple media event during which the next iPhone (or iPhones) may be revealed, and news of a model that comes in gold really has us scratching our heads. Flower power iMac aside, Apple has generally been a tastemaker over the years, but we're definitely not among those who will be lining up for a gold smartphone. Any readers excited about this one?
If you were worried that all this business with low-cost iPhones and questionable "champagne"-colored black plates had disrupted Apple's schedule, then the Wall Street Journal has some good news for you. According to the WSJ's sources, we'll see both a "low-end" and a "high-end" variant during the expected press event on September 10.
And so it turns out that the rumors are true. In addition to the signature black and white options we've come to know and love, the iPhone 5S will come in a gold option as well, reports both AllThings D and 9to5Mac. The final model allegedly isn't quite as gaudy as what we saw in the leaked photo on Friday, but it nevertheless marks a significant style shift that's already getting a mixed reception from the Apple faithful.
While few outside of Apple's Cupertino headquarters truly know what the company has in store for the iPhone with the rumored September 10 event, at least one analyst weighs in on how things might shake out for a possible family of handsets.
Most of the leaked photos we see these days usually focus on the low-cost iPhone 5C, but today photos surfaced of a possible new chassis for the upcoming iPhone 5S. And it's a doozy. Based on the images posted on French site MacBoutic, you'll be able to get the upcoming iPhone 5S in gold.
And so our long wait is almost over. Maybe. This weekend AllThingsD revealed that "sources" claimed the next iPhone would be revealed on September 10, and this morning Jim Dalrymple of The Loop seemed to confirm this with a simple "yes." Not the hardest evidence to rely on, to be sure, but both sources have a reputation for being right about this kind of thing.