If you ask me, Apple’s current color palette for the iPhone lineup is starting to look a bit dated. If it doesn’t introduce anything new in terms of colors with the next-generation iPhone 7 this fall, the device will have pretty much the same color options since the iPhone 5s (rose gold aside), and it wont have much to get excited about aesthetically for current iPhone users. And the fact that the iPhone 7 is said to retain the same metal design as the previous generation doesn’t help things…

Perhaps Apple determined after its iPhone 5c experiment that a broader range of colors outside the boring black/gray/gold palette isn’t what iPhone users want?

But what about an update even on the current colors. Apple has a lot of inspiration to draw on with the Apple Watch lineup, which unlike the rest of Apple’s product lineup, has as a much wider range of color options outside of the boring iPhone colors. A space-jet-black anyone? And with the iPod line all but dead, Apple has quite a muted color palette for its products going forward if it doesn’t inject some new life into the iPhone’s look. I personally liked a lot of the iPhone 5c models, but I never had a chance to own one as I prefer to stick with the more capable flagship models. 

But the latest rumors say the next iPhone will largely retain most of the previous generation device save for a slightly thinner iPhone 6-like body, flush camera, stereo speakers, and thinner Lightning port (and possibly some redesigned antenna lines?). So it sounds like Apple isn’t going to change much in terms of the materials used on the device, which might not bode well for my hopes of new color options. There was one rumor a while back, however, that it was considering a new casing material and water and dustproof design, but that report conflicts with the more recent and more reliable reports mentioned above. 

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & Electrek.co. He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s Logic Pros series.