iPhone fans might be in for a real special treat.
The Federal Communications Committee (of all places) has published several photos of what appears to be a gold-colored iPhone X – a shade of Apple’s smartphone that hasn’t been announced or released yet.
It’s not unusual for devices to be leaked through the FCC, the U.S. agency that approves them for sale.
An appearance at the FCC could mean two things: 1) a gold iPhone X is coming or 2) the color was canceled. There’s evidence to support the latter: The FCC filing was created last August and submitted in September, four days before the iPhone X was announced.
Of course, a gold iPhone X was a no-show last year. There were rumors Apple would release a copper gold or “blush gold” version of the iPhone X at launch, but it never materialized. It’s unclear if Apple canceled that color or not; phone leaker Benjamin Geskin boldly claimed last month that the blush gold iPhone was in production.
The FCC’s leaked gold-colored iPhone clearly isn’t the same one as the rumored blush gold. This one looks more like the gold iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, with the exception of a polished gold stainless steel frame.
One interesting tidbit that might have passed you by: The FCC labels say “LCD display” instead of “OLED display.”
It’s a small nugget, but it could be a clue. The iPhone X has an OLED display. All other iPhones have an LCD display.
Perhaps, we’re not looking at an iPhone X, but the rumored “low-cost” iPhone that’ll resemble an iPhone X, but come with an LCD screen. But that wouldn’t explain the stainless steel band on this leaked prototype, since the cheaper iPhone is supposed to come with an aluminum band and a single rear camera.
As always with these kinds of leaks, take the news with a grain of salt. A gold color could boost iPhone X sales, but then again, it could be a canned color that’ll never see the light of day. If you’re considering an iPhone X, we wouldn’t wait on this rumor. Just get an iPhone X.