Apple may be preparing to launch a blush gold iPhone X model, according to one well-known phone leaker.
Leaker Benjamin Geskin tweeted an image of an iPhone X, as well as the device’s corresponding SIM tray, on Monday — both in the coppery gold color.
Geskin said that the iPhone model, codenamed D21A, is currently “in production.” In a separate tweet, Geskin wrote that the color is “real” and that Apple simply saved it for later.
Geskin has a mixed track record of predicting Apple’s next moves, but the leaker has previously posted very accurate information about the iPhone X lineup.
This actually isn’t the first time that we’ve heard rumors of a so-called “blush gold” iPhone X. The gold finish was one of the colors originally rumored for the iPhone X. Of course, when the iPhone X actually launched it was available in just two colors: Silver and Space Gray.
Last September, renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote that Apple was facing “production issues” with the blush gold iPhone. Kuo theorized that the device might be scrapped or would go on sale at a “later date than the other versions.”
There is a precedent for Apple releasing a new color for an iPhone model later than the initial launch date. The white iPhone 4, for example, launched a full nine months after the black model was introduced. Apple has also released PRODUCT(RED) editions of its iPhones midway through those device’s life cycles.
Of course, it’s been reported that Apple is opting to discontinue the current model iPhone X this year rather than sell the device at a lower price point going forward. That may cast some doubt on Apple mass producing iPhone X models in a different color.
It’s worth noting that Geskin never calls the blush gold iPhone an “iPhone X.” It’s certainly within the realm of possibility that the device in question is actually this year’s successor to the iPhone X. There’s little evidence that the “iPhone XI” is going to sport any radical aesthetic design changes, but the device could launch in a wider range of colors.
Apple recently announced that it will hold an education-focused event on March 27 at a Chicago area high school. Many sources suggest that the event could feature hardware unveilings, including more affordable iPad and MacBook devices. But it’s possible that Apple could announce other products, too — including new iPhone X colors.