Whenever Apple releases a phone that looks fairly similar to its predecessor the company normally adds a new colour to the roster of options that device is available in.
For example, in 2015 the Silicon Valley giant introduced a “rose gold” version of the iPhone 6s, which proved extremely popular. Two years before it brought in the white and gold iPhone 5s, as well as a raft of bright colours on the iPhone 5c.
Given that the upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is expected to look almost identical to the last two generations of the phone, Apple may release a new colour or set of colours to entice its customers to upgrade.
Leakers and Apple experts alike have been speculating what colours Apple could add. Here are some of the suggestions:
This leaked image from Macotakara of iPhone SIM card trays indicates that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus could come in five colours, including two new glossy and matte black shades. The glossy black sheen is reminiscent of the Mac Pro, and marks a step away from the company’s recent tendency to release its products in lighter, more subtle colours.
Moving away from the silver, gold, rose gold and space grey of the iPhone 6s, Apple could replace the grey colour with a darker shade closer to “space black”.
This concept design from Yasser Farahi shows the iPhone 7 could come with more colour options than the iPhone 6s, but in subtler shades than those available for the iPhone 5c. Farahi drops rose gold and instead replaces it with copper and wine shades.
Another suggestion that the upcoming handsets could come in purple, this picture instead goes for more of a violet colour than the plum shade of Farahi’s design.
These working prototype shots shared by prominent leaker the Malignant show Apple could also release a blue iPhone.
Although the iPhone might look fairly similar to the 6s at first glance, it is expected to feature a host of upgrades, including a bigger and better camera, improved battery life and a faster processor.
Apple is also expected to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack, make the home button pressure-sensitive, and move the antenna bands to the top and bottom edges of the device.
The iPhone 7 is due to be unveiled on September 7 at the company’s annual product launch event in San Francisco.