'BLING BLING, BLING BLING' 'Hello, yes, my iPhone is made of GOLD'

Jesus phone to become the Midas Phone – louder mutterings


The Apple rumour mill is approaching lightspeed, fuelled by a growing number of insiders talking up a C-3PO-like gold iPhone 5S.

Today's iOS mobes are only available in black and white, but more and more anonymous sources are piling in online to claim the next-generation model - due out on 10 September - will sport an optional champagne-coloured case.

Rene Ritchie of fanboi blog iMore joined the chorus of gold gossip - and drew upon the Star Wars movie franchise, insisting that Apple will tout a "Threepio Gold to add to the existing Vader Black and Storm Trooper White lineup".

"There are a bunch of rumours and speculation making the rounds about Apple adding gold to the colour options for the upcoming iPhone 5S. I've heard the same thing, but probably from different sources," he wrote.

Demand is apparently high for a new and more exciting version of the iPhone, particularly as the last model, the 5, was widely criticised for being, well, a wee bit boring. The Far Eastern market is also likely to wolf down a gold phone, we're told.

And it's claimed the process of anodising an iPhone to turn it gold is actually quite simple, taking less time than the process required to turn it black.

Tech blogger MG Siegler added that several sources had also told him about the new colour, which he claimed would not be quite as gaudy as it sounds.

If the 5S is treated to a golden makeover, it will not be the first blinged-up iPhone: there are loads of firms touting custom cases and offering gold-plating services to fans. One hopeful on TV's Dragons' Den even persuaded James Kahn to fund his own mobe blingifying venture, Gold Genie.

So what would Steve Jobs have said? Well, seeing as he presided over a range of iMacs with more colours than a packet of Opal Fruits (or Starburst), he may have approved.

The next iPhone is rumoured to be called the iPhone 5S and is expected to be released next month alongside a cheaper version called the iPhone 5C, which may come in several different colours.

It will be accompanied by iOS 7, which which features a creepy system for tracking punters' every footstep and a new "flat" design scheme that replaces the skeuomorphism of the past with brightly coloured icons. It is also expected to have some kind of fingerprint-scanning ability - if the rumour mill's predictions are correct. ®


Other stories you might like

  • Deepfake attacks can easily trick live facial recognition systems online
    Plus: Next PyTorch release will support Apple GPUs so devs can train neural networks on their own laptops

    In brief Miscreants can easily steal someone else's identity by tricking live facial recognition software using deepfakes, according to a new report.

    Sensity AI, a startup focused on tackling identity fraud, carried out a series of pretend attacks. Engineers scanned the image of someone from an ID card, and mapped their likeness onto another person's face. Sensity then tested whether they could breach live facial recognition systems by tricking them into believing the pretend attacker is a real user.

    So-called "liveness tests" try to authenticate identities in real-time, relying on images or video streams from cameras like face recognition used to unlock mobile phones, for example. Nine out of ten vendors failed Sensity's live deepfake attacks.

    Continue reading
  • Lonestar plans to put datacenters in the Moon's lava tubes
    How? Founder tells The Register 'Robots… lots of robots'

    Imagine a future where racks of computer servers hum quietly in darkness below the surface of the Moon.

    Here is where some of the most important data is stored, to be left untouched for as long as can be. The idea sounds like something from science-fiction, but one startup that recently emerged from stealth is trying to turn it into a reality. Lonestar Data Holdings has a unique mission unlike any other cloud provider: to build datacenters on the Moon backing up the world's data.

    "It's inconceivable to me that we are keeping our most precious assets, our knowledge and our data, on Earth, where we're setting off bombs and burning things," Christopher Stott, founder and CEO of Lonestar, told The Register. "We need to put our assets in place off our planet, where we can keep it safe."

    Continue reading
  • Conti: Russian-backed rulers of Costa Rican hacktocracy?
    Also, Chinese IT admin jailed for deleting database, and the NSA promises no more backdoors

    In brief The notorious Russian-aligned Conti ransomware gang has upped the ante in its attack against Costa Rica, threatening to overthrow the government if it doesn't pay a $20 million ransom. 

    Costa Rican president Rodrigo Chaves said that the country is effectively at war with the gang, who in April infiltrated the government's computer systems, gaining a foothold in 27 agencies at various government levels. The US State Department has offered a $15 million reward leading to the capture of Conti's leaders, who it said have made more than $150 million from 1,000+ victims.

    Conti claimed this week that it has insiders in the Costa Rican government, the AP reported, warning that "We are determined to overthrow the government by means of a cyber attack, we have already shown you all the strength and power, you have introduced an emergency." 

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022