At this point, we’re pretty confident that Apple will unveil two new colors for the iPhone 5S: a gold/champagne and white model, and a graphite and black model. If you’re wondering how the latter will look against the existing black iPhone 5, then this new hands-on video should give you a good idea.
Strangely, the video was made by the folks at uSwitch, a U.K.-based energy comparison service, who put the device together themselves. As the presenter notes at the beginning of the video, they could not get hold of a black display so they’ve used a white one — don’t expect Apple’s graphite model to be black on the back and white on the front.
As I’m sure you’re already aware, the iPhone 5S will be almost identical to the iPhone 5 in terms of design, but it’s easy to tell the graphite and original black models apart; the graphite-colored aluminum is significantly lighter, and almost looks silver when the light catches it at certain angles.
You’ll also notice the larger LED flash on the iPhone 5S.
In the video, uSwitch mentions that their sources claim the graphite iPhone will replace the black model, rather than sell alongside it. We don’t expect that to happen — we think Apple will sell the iPhone 5S in four colors — but the company could surprise us.
It would certainly make it easier to tell the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S apart if they come in different colors, but I’m sure fans will miss the original black and silver variants.
Apple will announce the iPhone 5S at a press event in Cupertino tomorrow, September 10. It’ll kick off at 10 a.m. PT, and you’ll be able to follow the whole thing here on Cult of Mac.