Could this be the iPhone 5s gold option?
Images of what are purported to be the iPhone 5s gold colour option have been posted on the internet.
Last week, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote an investment note that predicts Apple will launch a new gold colour option when it unveils the iPhone 5s next month.
The images of the gold iPhone were posted over the weekend by MacBoutic. However, it is almost impossible to tell if the shots are genuine.
A number of companies already offer to change the colour of an iPhone through a process called anodisation. It is often used to coat metal objects in Chrome and other non-reactive metals.
Several gold plated iPhones and iPads have emerged – mostly in the Gulf state of Dubai. All were modified using anodisation.
MacBoutic’s claims are even harder to verify because the blog has deliberately blurred the Apple logo and word iPhone from its images.
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Anodisation experts speaking to T3.com confirmed that when an iPhone undergoes the process, the logo and writing becomes faded. They also raised doubts about the legitimacy of the phone.
Whether or not they are genuine, the images do give us a pretty good idea of what a gold iPhone 5s could look like.