Apple's new iPhones may come in gold, have lower price tag

4:27 PM, Aug 19, 2013   |    comments
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(CBS NEWS) Apple is widely expected to announce its next iPhone in September, and the rumors surrounding the flagship smartphone are at fever pitch. Among the reports: two different phones and a gold model.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has asked its supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry (commonly referred to as Foxconn) to start shipping both low-end and high-end iPhones in September.

Citing sources who work at those companies, the Journal reports that the Chinese supplier has already started producing components for a regular iPhone and a low-cost model. Apple has yet to comment on rumors of a low-cost smartphone.

It's also been rumored that the tech giant will release a gold iPhone.

Citing "sources in a position to know," AllThingsD reports that Apple will add a new color to its lineup that is being described as "champagne, not ingot."TechCrunch reports that several of its sources have also suggested that Apple is planning on a gold phone.

Why gold? The blog iMore speculates that gold is one of the "easiest colors to anodize" -- a process that thickens the oxide layer of on the surface of metal.

Previous rumors have suggested that Apple may release a variety of iPhones with different colors. In May, the Japanese blog Macotakara also said the cheaper iPhone would be made of plastic and claimed that the phone would come in a variety of colors, including navy, gold, gray, pink, green and orange.

Apple is also expected to officially launch iOS 7 and its desktop operating systemMavericks. Both were unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

AllThingsD previously reported that Apple is holding a press event on Sept. 10 to announce the next iPhone.

Chenda Ngak, CBS News

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