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iPhone 6S tipped with wallet-shattering Rose Gold option

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Apple might be working on an all-new colour option for its next iPhone, likely destined for the pockets of rich oligarchs and oil barons.

An analyst reckons the Cupertino-based company is looking to follow the Apple Watch’s suit with a premium variant of the iPhone 6S.

In a research note obtained by AppleInsider, KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will offer a ‘Rose Gold’ iPhone 6S handset.

Unfortunately, prolific rumour-spinner Kuo didn’t detail how much the device will cost, but we take a guess.

Apple first used ‘gold’ colouring on smartphones starting with the iPhone 5S two years ago.

The company then made the switch to real gold on this year’s Apple Watch, with Rose Gold options pricing as high as £13,500.

The entry-level Apple Watch costs £299, while the cheapest iPhone 6 available on the Apple Store is priced at £539.

Considering the iPhone is, at base cost, more expensive than the Apple Watch, we could expect to see prices for a Rose Gold variant well above £10,000.

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It’s not as though there isn’t a market for expensive and exclusive mobile devices; there is already a strong industry based around selling jewel-encrusted and gold-plated iPhone handsets.

Of course, we can’t say for sure that Apple wouldn’t just offer a Rose Gold colour option, rather than actually gilding the device.

This would mean Apple has a total of four colour options available for the iPhone, with Rose Gold sitting alongside space grey, silver, and regular gold.

Do you think a gilded version of the iPhone 6S is a good move for Apple? Let us know in the comments.

shnatiw

May 13, 2015, 7:37 pm

A gold plated model would be a sensible option from Apple's standpoint. More money for them. Although it would probably be gold alloyed with other metals. And obviously their mark up would be far higher than if it was 100% gold plating. It's just the way they roll...

mode11

May 15, 2015, 12:37 pm

It's the way any company in that market would roll. All £10K phones are Veblen goods.

mode11

May 15, 2015, 12:38 pm

I doubt they would offer two types of gold colour. If there is a new gold version, it would be the Oligarch-spec "actual gold" of the Apple Watch.

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