A new rumor claims that Apple won’t be launching the iPhone 7 in a new “deep blue” color, as previously suggested, but rather a far darker gray which will replace the existing space gray color the company offers.
The color is reportedly a shade of “formal black,” which will be substantially different to the rose gold, gold and silver iPhone options currently available.
Given the popularity of space gray, this is much as we expected — with my colleague Killian Bell previously writing that: “I can only imagine the new deep blue color option will be so dark that it’s close to black.” As it turns out, the reports of blue coloring appear to be a case of mistaken reports.
This decision makes sense given that the the space gray Apple Watch Sport is substantially darker than the coloring of the iPhone 6s. By adopting the Apple Watch coloring, it seems that Apple will seek to further unify the design language between its devices. Upon its release, the Space Gray Apple Watch Sport with Black Band was, by far, the most popular combo Apple had for sale.
The idea that Apple won’t introduce a whole new color option, but rather slightly tweak an existing one seems in line with everything we’ve so far heard about the iPhone 7 — which is reportedly only a minor upgrade from last year’s iPhone 6s. Other changes are likely to include the handset’s ambient light sensor moving from the left side to the right side of the device, a possible dual-lens camera for the iPhone 7 Plus, and possibly the ditching of the headphone jack.
On top of this, you can expect the usual A-series processor upgrade, more RAM, improved 3D Touch, and more — although most of the biggest changes are set to be held off until next year’s tenth birthday refresh.