Might we see colored iPhones in the future?

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  1. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    Apple's design team recently posted a req for a Color Engineering Program Specialist (Job Number: 25904843). Description is: "Apple Industrial Design is looking for a Color Engineering Program Specialist to work with the internal color team on delivering world-class color and materials solutions."

    I suppose this could be for the iPod line bit it did get me wondering if we might see colors iPhones in the future. I've seen mockups of colored iPhone 5's that look really sweet. Or maybe if rumors of a lower cost iPhone are true it might come in colors?
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Could we? Sure. We've had colored iPods and Macs before so colored iPhones wouldn't surprise me. I wouldn't put money on it though.
     
  3. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Now that "monochrome" Steve is not around, entirely possible. Now the Asians are making multi-colored, overly cute gadgets for my taste. So watch what u wish for.
     
  4. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I think that Apple will keep the iPhone black and white. I don't see them making the iPhone in a rainbow of colors like the iPod touch.
     
  5. Rogifan thread starter macrumors P6

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    Some of the mockups look cool but that would be a lot of SKU's to manage.

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  6. irDigital0l Guest

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    Thats why we have computers.
     
  7. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    Trust me when I say that the amount of SKU's never comes into play when deciding on new products. It really means nothing.
     
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    The iPod Touch 5 has six colors and two capacities, so 12 SKU's. The iPod Touch 4 has two colors and two capacities, so 4 SKU's. That's 16 SKU's for the iPod Touch line.

    Right now, for the iPhone 5 alone, they have two colors, three capacities and three cellular configurations. That's 18 SKU's. For all iPhone lines? 26 SKU's.

    Seeing as the iPhone already has 60% more SKU's than the iPod Touch line, and is more expensive, there is no way Apple can feasibly offer different colors for the iPhone without screwing up their supply chain.

    If Apple removed the cheapeset iPhone line and made an LTE world phone, they would possibly introduce a few colors rather than eliminating SKU's.

    I think using cases or interchangeable plates is sufficient.
     
  10. nfl46 macrumors 603

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    I think it'll be a good idea for an S upgrade. It'll be nice to get something new (external wise) until the iPhone 6 in 2014.
     
  11. Frenchjay macrumors 68000

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    The iPhone 5 isn't as easily customisable as the iPhone 4/4s. The whole thing has to be taken apart to remove the back whereas the iPhone 4/4s was just two screws to change the back. It's a risk for warranty purposes to customise the 5 because its not as easily reverted back to its original state if you ever have to replace it.
     
  12. Rogifan thread starter macrumors P6

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    Yeah I think so too. And Apple does know how to do color really well. But since so many people end up putting their iPhone in cases I don't know if Apple would do it with the flagship model. But maybe they would with a less expensive model.
     
  13. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    And that's probably in respond to the 4/4S being easily customizable and voiding warranties. Apple doesn't want you customizing.
     
  14. SpyderBite macrumors 65816

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    Too many people slap turtle shells (otter box, life proof, etc) over their iPhones.. I don't think it matters.

    If more people used them naked, I'd buy into this rumor.
     
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    I just don't think adding SKUs makes a bit of difference..even if they doubled the current amount.
     
  17. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    And that's why you aren't in charge of their retail or supply chain management divisions.

    SKU's are very much a component of keeping profit margins high and allocating inventory effectively.
     
  18. profets macrumors 68040

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    Exactly. No one really matches apple's efficiency in the supply chain. It's a big part of their high margins as well.

    Colours would be awesome though. Maybe they could figure out a way to make it work.
     
  19. SnowLeopard OSX macrumors 6502a

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    I sure as hell hope not. Can you say tacky? If you want to personalize your device, just get a colored cover/case for it.
     
  20. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    U are very much correct. But at the number we are talking its not a big hurdle for apple to overcome very easily. Especially when talking about different colors. Which btw I don't really care about.
     
  21. YourAvgUser macrumors member

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    Would be interesting to have colored iPhones, but at an iPhone cost it wouldn't seem reasonable as Apple could be sitting on a heavy stock of certain colors. Maybe they would make it a BTO option? Also, the way the latest iPods are seem gimmicky. White face on a colored aluminum shell is awkward in appearance IMO.
     
  22. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    If we see Apple reduce their iPhone line to something like this:

    iPhone 6: 64Gb or 32Gb
    iPhone 5/5S: 32Gb or 16Gb
    iPhone Mini: 16Gb or 8Gb

    And they are able to make them world-phones on LTE, since they already have on 3G (meaning one phone for ALL carriers worldwide), then that would reduce their base SKU count to 6. That means they could theoretically offer the same color variations as the iPod Touch (excluding RED) for 30 SKUs.

    This is something more realistic, but would require the world-phone chips in all iPhones going forward.
     
  23. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    I think if they ever introduced a 'mini' stripped down iPhone, they'd do away with selling older iPhone models.

    I either envisage a lineup of three previous generations, or the newest and a mini.

    I could be wrong though, and I suppose they still sell the iPad 2 alongside the mini and '4'.
     
  24. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Exactly.

    Of the dozens of iPhones I see everyday, only 1 other user, besides me, have it naked.

    So what does it matter, u all gonna cover it up anyways to protect you baby.
     

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