We already suspected that the new Apple iPhone 14 could be released in a purple hue, thanks to previous leaks. Now, a leak on Chinese website Weibo shows what appears to be the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro in an all-new purple that suggests deeper attention to material design.
The new Sleepy Afternoon leaker rumor shows five colors of what the Apple iPhone 14 Pro could be, including silver, graphite and gold versions that would be familiar in stores today. There is also a darker blue color as well as the increasingly ubiquitous purple. A second view only shows the first three colors with another photo of the purple model.
In subsequent images, the purple appears first dark and saturated, then lighter and more metallic. Phone manufacturers will use layers of materials on the back of a phone to create this shimmering effect that appears to change as it reflects light differently. Current iPhones use similar materials, depending on the model and color. You can see the difference between the layering effects in our hands-on with the green Apple iPhone 13 this year.
Analysis: Another purple becomes a trend
While flagship phones are usually released in up to three or more color choices, one of them is usually dark gray or black, a light silver or white, and then there’s the fun color. This year’s fun color appears to be purple, based on these iPhone rumors and the delicious purple bora hue that Samsung has chosen for its entire flagship lineup, including the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
In the past, the color was rose gold, but it seems that the lighter yellow champagne gold tones have won out over the more rosy tones. It may be no coincidence that Pantone color of the year (opens in new tab) for 2022 is a purple periwinkle called “Very Peri”. Apple rarely finds itself in a fast-following position behind Samsung, but when the foldable phone maker is right, it’s best to follow the market.
It will be interesting to see how long the purple phase lasts. The new Pantone color of the year is announced in December, and Samsung’s next flagship phones will launch in early spring or late February if history is any guide.
Today’s Galaxy S22 Ultra comes in a beautiful new burgundy color in addition to a light blue. There’s also a green one to match Apple’s iPhone 13. The expensive Ultra end of the Galaxy S line doesn’t offer a purple option to match Samsung’s newer phones, but it wouldn’t be difficult for Samsung to add the color at any time.