Parsing the new colorful iPhone 5S June release rumor
0. phoneArena 10 Dec 2012, 11:04 posted on
We were quite hesitant to believe the rumors at first, but there is another rumor now that Apple is going to abandon the yearly release cycle in favor of a six-month release cycle. And, the rumored June release of the iPhone 5S also has the handset sporting a number of colorful options...
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1. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
Apple does this (multiple colors and 6 month releases) and you will see huge increases in iPhone sales. So I hope they don't lol.
8. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
actually you may not considering that most contracts last 2 years. you may see some movement but again it all depends on the product as well.
43. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10023; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Resell previous model on Craigslist or eBay. Easily cover the cost to bringing it down to subsidized cost.
iPhones lose their value very very slowly.
44. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
They'll lose it faster if they move to a six month cycle...
60. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
My friend's been waiting 4 the iPhone 5, but she's gonna get crushed I'd she heard this rumor!!!
30. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 164; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
in my opinion all the colors in the picture are ugly except the red
33. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2696; Member since: 26 May 2011)
As stated in the article, the picture is not official. It's just something pulled from AnoStyle
47. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 164; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
ya I know of course not official I'm just expressing my opinion If they want to change colors there must be a change on shape too
61. MC1123 (Posts: 1254; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
apple now realize that the black and white are getting boring! even HTC realize that!
they are nokia troll! they like nokia's colorful designs...
realisng the iPod touch 5 with colorful nature just prove that maybe the next iPhone will be colorful as well!
63. phil2n (Posts: 487; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
they were going to patent that color and said its first on the market
12. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2696; Member since: 26 May 2011)
The image isn't official, that's just something I pulled from AnoStyle. I'll make a note of that.
14. Schuler2828 (Posts: 59; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Great article Michael! Very informative and well thought keep up the great work!
15. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
No it dosen't, the white and purple looks very distinct!
Yet again nice article Micheal. H!
How become you're doing Apple editorial?
Looks like, hope to see 60+ posts.....!
4. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
If they start releasing versions at that interval, the following will be required:
1. decrease in phone price
2. completely redone interface
A bag of dogshit is still a bag of dogshit even if you can color in the bag.
19. blingblingthing (Posts: 517; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
What a accurate reference with the dog poop. All that power to run a crappy OS. Better be something more processor intensive.
5. ryq24 (Posts: 678; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
since everyone is going 5", apple 5s would be a 4.4" screen.
39. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3684; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
No way. It took til the 6th iteration for them to increase the screen size. No chance it's gonna happen again in the 7th.
52. bigdawg23 (Posts: 443; Member since: 25 May 2011)
Agreed. The jump from 3.5 to 4 was a big take for Apple. I don't see a 4.5" or larger as many may think. As for the colors it doesn't really matter to me. I have a white iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note. Colors are mute because of some cases.
6. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
they basically realised that they are behind, so they need to release few iPhones to catch up. they need to get to at least iPhone 7 so that is why quick releases.
7. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
wow. colours. revolutionary, magical, this changes everything again.
17. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Yea this changes colours, following xeroxing Nokia!
34. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2696; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Yes, because no company ever released the same product in different colors before Nokia did it...
51. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
what about Ericsson ga 928 I think it was. one of the very first mobile phones. brick with antenna. you could have change the covers in different colors.
53. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)
Nokia may not have been the only phone company releasing different colors for each model, yes we all know that.
But the thing is, Nokia IS the only company (at least, in recent times) that did release vibrantly colored phones while the crowd is releasing black/white/silver-colored phones.
55. jiezel91 (Posts: 67; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)
And to add to that, if Apple were Nokia and were the first to release vibrant color options for their iPhone and Nokia planned to release one, then I have all the reasons to believe that Apple will sue Nokia over that. After all, rounded rectangles are patentable, right?
69. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)
Honestly, I don't think there is a need for Apple to release those uber-colorful iPhone options.
I've noticed that some buy the iPhone not just it being among the most sought-after device but because people that buy those, in some way, think of it as a fashion accessory that compliments their style. Of course, who's to say that a colorful phone cannot be called a fashion accessory? But certainly, most iPhone users that I know think of Nokia phones as toys largely because of those colorful chassis and love to flaunt how metallic and how much more "professional and serious-looking" their iPhone is.
Colorful phones worked for Nokia because Nokia users tend to change the back covers and/or casing of their Nokia phones all the way back in the days of the 3310. Nokia knew that its loyalists likes colorful chassis so they gave users different colorful options.
I don't know how things will work for the iPhone. Interesting space to watch.
9. LiveFromMN (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
Lets be real - & Im not that big of an Apple hater - but those colors are ugly.
10. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
Good lord, another reason for people to not want to buy a phone today..
13. TechDork (Posts: 283; Member since: 10 May 2010)
"Just when you thought it couldn't get better, it just got better. The iPhone 5S......Colorfied".
16. TechDork (Posts: 283; Member since: 10 May 2010)
I can see the iPhone 5S ad now. There will be about 6 iPhones 5S's (3 white, 3 black) and various "paints" of color would be thrown onto each one (considering they'll be the same colors as the iPod Touch so, Blue, Red & Yellow) and they'll be flying across the screen with splashes of paint trailing behind each one. Then, they'll all drop to the ground and they'll be splotches of each paint color surrounding the iPhone 5S's and the slogan will be "From Black & White, To Colored & Bright. The Apple iPhone 5S. Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Better, It Just Got Better".
I'll happily await my paycheck now.
18. jphillips63 (Posts: 214; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Being an Android user I was at my local BB over the weekend and played around with the IP5 and it was very smooth and fluid but damn that 4" screen is tiny compared to my RAZR Maxx HD the phone just felt like a toy in my hand honestly it being so tiny and all If Apple would add what ever is needed to get voice and data working together on Verizon and at least go to a 4.5" screen I just might consider one just to say I've been there.
Side Note while there I am guessing there were at least 10 people in line to return there IP5 for either the DNA or the Note 2
20. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Where are all the Apple defenders gone.....?
29. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2696; Member since: 26 May 2011)
All the haters drove them away. Now all that's left are people who tell us we're biased towards Apple because we still cover their news
37. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
It's because the agglomerate of people who were Apple defenders is now actually the same agglomerate of those who are now Apple haters. It's trendy now to hate Apple, and people do what is "told" them to do. Remember your article about following the Apple, in which you state that there are actually those who don't follow Apple blindly? Try to apply this theory now - it's completely reverse.
49. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2696; Member since: 26 May 2011)
It's no more trendy to hate Apple now than it's ever been. There were plenty of Apple haters back in the days of Windows vs Mac. Now it's just more visible because Apple actually holds a solid chunk of the market. It was always easier to ignore Mac haters because it always felt like they were beating a dead horse.
54. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I think the situation from the Win vs. Mac era was something completely different - it was not the question of religion, it was more like question of football club. The somewhat hybrid situation was in iPod vs. all MP3 players wars era, but only after iPhone vs. all smartphones era it gets massive, on a global scale that reflects in mobile/IT world.
The fact is that two years ago I was trying to prove to everybody all the illusions Apple is projecting on us, and now I have to do almost the opposite - that now Android fans are agressive as Apple fans before, which have, by the way, almost completely dissapeared form the face of the Internet. Now all you can see in virtual communities are Apple haters, except bloggers and IT professionals. This cultural, wave-like phenomenon has to be taken into account.
56. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2696; Member since: 26 May 2011)
For many people, football is religion.
62. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
You are talking about fanatics, but fanatism is not religion in its essence. Religion is a wide sociological phenomenon, defined by institutions, cults and rituals, projected on artifacts as an allegory of transcendent life, but the most important thing is that religion is not agresively explicit to its being. It's more like "taking God for granted", the way of life, the system of values, the referential ground for not merely understanding life, but way of seeing things.
Apple is a religion not becase there are some fanatics (like there are in football and traditional religions), but because it's a way of understanding technology. Well, at least the initiator of this understanding, the current mobile/It paradigm surrounded by rituals (projected on cult artifacts, like iPhone etc.) and taking things for granted, the way we see technology and its role, the way of our life that is now utterly connected with ourselves.
65. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Very wise and wisdom words, very well said+1 from me!
77. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2696; Member since: 26 May 2011)
The trouble with anything - religion, sports, or tech preference - is fanaticism. Whether or not Apple is a religion is an unnecessary debate, because at the end of the day there are still Apple zealots and Android zealots ready to go to war in comment threads because they are all too myopic to be able to take another person's opinion to heart.
You believe what you want, and I'll believe what I want, and we'll both be happy. The trouble comes from trying to push your belief on another person. And, of course, as I said just now in comment #76, this is all made far worse because the anonymity of the Internet leads people to be far less understanding of each other because they don't have to attach their beliefs and treatment of others to who they are.
68. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
That's an interesting point of view, I wonder if it is really possible that it's only a trend that the same people is following... I don't think I agree, but on the other hand, I never though about that before.
71. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
It's not so much about same people as it is same agglomerate of people, which is very different. The trends are reflected in community mediasphere, on places like comment sections, forums, blogs, social networks etc.
I watched this phenomenon very carefully for the last three years. In that time, it was normal for, say, IT magazine to pronounce iPhone as the best phone with explicit argument that it's just "best phone", "just works", "it's Apple" etc., without much people complaining about bias.
It was so normal to buy an iPhone, there wasn't any awareness of credible alternative - for business people to kids in school.
In my country there was a publicitly exposed case of bullying kids in schools if they didn't have iPhone.
The things have changed now - now they are bullying you if you like Apple or say anything positive about Apple, and this is the case in Internet communities - bullys are now Apple haters, who are trolling everywhere the same "arguments" like "Apple has no innovation", "go Sammy go", "same shape boring iPhone", "Apple sheeps" etc.
Meanwhile, "Apple sheeps" have almost completely dissapeared. Where are they if just one or two years ago they were the most irritating people on the net?
Well, I guess they are actually the same people. To be precise, they are not neccessarily the same persons, but they are the same PROFILE of people, the mass.
Because the Android fan crowd is resonating in the same way as Apple fan crowd was two years ago - with weak and uneducated arguments, agression etc. Those are not "new" people, there was no substantial increase in population on Internet in that time.
72. TritonForceX (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)
Concerning the Mac vs. Windows era, two important differences that would have made that era just like the current Android vs. iPhone rivalry: tech is cool and popular, and the advent of blogs, comment sections, and IT websites.
In the 80's, there was only a small group of people concerned with technology, let alone the quality of operating system used. Today, everyone has an opinion of the cell phone they're using because they're so widespread. More egos are going to have an opinion on why they made the right purchase.
Secondly, the 80's didn't have PhoneArena.com, engadget.com, cnet, etc. There wasn't a forum for people to meet at while they should be working (present self included) to rant and rave about Macs and Windows PCs.
This would've been going on then as well as today if we had these technologies then.
76. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2696; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Exactly, the fight is no different from then and now, it's just much more visible because of the Internet.
All the more reason that I hate the stupid masks of anonymity on the Internet. There are a few very limited uses for anonymity (like starting a real revolution, where your life could be in danger), but for the most part, if you have something to say, you shouldn't be afraid to have your name and face attached.
All anonymity has done is create a generation of trolls with no fear of being complete assholes because they don't have to compromise their own s**tty identity to do it.
73. TritonForceX (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)
And I'd just like to add that personally, I don't like Apple for the fact that they are/were being compared to everything as if they had some sort of special privilege. When Android first came out, of course those comparisons would occur, but they were made in a bashing kind of way. Here's Google, creating their vision of a cell phone operating system, that I'll admit was inspired by iOS, but NOT a copy of iOS. But all the media articles focused on how Android will never be able to compete with Apple, they're just that good. I remember reading those articles thinking, it's just Google's first couple of versions. Give it time.
It's that kind of arrogance that ticks me off about anything. Of course that only inspires manufacturers to make their devices even better and experiment with things Apple hasn't even touched. What's the result? We now have a source of phones that have large, Internet browser-friendly and movie watching-friendly screens, fully customizable OR simple interfaces, whatever the OWNER OF THE PHONE wants, an environment where developers are encouraged to come up with new ideas that may even outshine Google's offering, multiple devices with multiple hardware features that allow anyone to pick the right combination for their needs, and continued experimenting with new technologies.
What's ironic is it's the Apple crowd that now tries to turn those pluses into negatives to make their choice still seem superior.
I think the majority of, if not the entire Fandroid base that is against Apple is because of this arrogant attitude. Apple fans cannot admit that they're not untouchable anymore, even the company itself. Hence the lawsuits.
Looking at this article only shows how much more Apple is following than leading, but everyone in Apple's camp will stand up on a soapbox and proclaim how innovative Apple continues to be. Hey, Nokia and HTC are changing the colors of their phones, maybe we'll sell more phones if we change colors.
DO SOMETHING ORIGINAL! If you can't find something original right now, IMPROVE ON WHAT'S OUT THERE! Don't just add colors because someone else colored their phones. Think to yourself, what would be cooler than colored phones? Maybe metallic colors! Maybe darker versions of the colors to give a more professional look, rather than a toy look. You're still coloring the phone, but you're doing it different!
That's in part of how Android got to where it is today. That's in part of how Samsung got to where it is today. Yeah, it looked at the iOS interface and iPhone for inspiration, maybe some inspiration that came from other OS and hardware ideas as well, and said, you know what, I like this, but we can make it better! So they added widgets, home screens, added functionality to lock screens, added newer hardware (processors with competing architectures, more RAM, video RAM, the dreaded NFC, etc.). (continued...)
75. TritonForceX (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)
But somehow all of these improvements are seen as a copy of the iPhone, or worthless because Apple hasn't incorporated these ideas.
iOS is a fine operating system in it's own right. It has strengths and weaknesses like all the other phones in the fight. I even pitched one to my Dad when he bought his first smartphone last month, because I knew it had a bit smaller learning curve for someone not proficient in technology, but I'm happy to say he chose the RAZR M, and is doing great with it.
My point to all of this is just don't keep treating something like it's the best ever just because the marketers tell you to.
Sorry, that's been building for a long time, and seemed like the perfect place to unload it.
41. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10023; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
So you're admitting to being an Apple hater yet here you are on an Apple article.
45. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Smaaaaaart boy, it's nothing new, can't you see all the posts on this article is negative....!
74. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3684; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Right...because you never make appearances on Motorola or Google articles.
22. N6600 (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 May 2012)
Colours, NFC and possible wireless charging. What a flattery to Nokia :)
58. freebee269 (Posts: 535; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
who cares if nokia wasnt the first to do it. in this day when most phones are either black or white and some metallic, colors are definitely different. you dont have to be the first to do something to be different. if these colors are true, apple has seen the popularity of the lumia line and decided to jump on board. this would fall in line with what apple does because they're not innovative anymore. they introduce something to their product that someone else is currently doing and try to make it seem like a big deal. they are playing catch up. and if they keep bringing iphones out that are an upgrade to their previous iphone but not an upgrade or close to competition to whats on the market, then they will continue to fall behind.
23. foxmental_x (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
So the iFail 5 will be a Nokia Lumia 920 without wireless charging? Just so i'm sure? That way i'm know i'm not going crazy when the verge and BGR call it magical and revolutionary.
35. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2696; Member since: 26 May 2011)
The big difference will be that the iPhone 5S will have an ecosystem full of apps
25. darkkjedii (Posts: 19143; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
C'mon apple lets shake it up a little. Android wp8 do it, so can u