If Apple releases this yellow iPhone 14, we should call it the bananaphone

Online leaker says this year's fun springtime colour is going to be a vibrant yellow

Yellow iPhone 14 mock-up
(Image credit: MacRumors)

Sometimes, but not always, Apple likes to freshen up its iPhones with a new springtime colour options – so for example in 2021 it added a fun purple hue to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. According to a leaker, this year it's going to be less Prince and more Coldplay: Apple's 2023 iPhone 14 colour is all yellow.

As reported (and rendered in the above image) by MacRumors, a leaker on social media site Weibo says that yellow is this year's colour. The rumour also says that Apple's PR people are planning a press briefing for next week. We don't know for sure that the briefing is about the new colour – that's pure speculation – but it does seem likely.

Why Apple likes to add new colours in spring

A new colour means new headlines, new reviews and hopefully new buyers. It's a tried and tested way of bringing existing product lines back to life and to people's attention, and Apple's done it several times before – not just the purple iPhone 12 but the greens of the iPhone 13 last year. So a new colour is hardly far-fetched in 2023.

At the moment the brightest, most fun iPhone 14 colour is the one in the PRODUCT(RED) version. A yellow 14 would brighten the range up even more.

I think yellow is a great choice, so I hope this leak is accurate. We've seen yellow iPhones before, such as the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR, and it's the kind of colour that really pops – warmer and even happier than gold, and probably as bright as you can get without looking too garish. As someone who thinks the yellow iMac is probably the best-looking, I'd love to see something similar in the iPhone.

If Apple's 2023 plans are indeed all yellow, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a banana yellow iPhone 14 Pro. That already comes in gold – and I know that because that's the one I bought.

Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com).