Rumored 'Deep Blue' iPhone 7 Said to Actually Be Very Dark Space Gray

Following a sketchy rumor last week that said Apple is planning to introduce a "Deep Blue" color option for the upcoming iPhone 7, Japanese blog Mac Otakara has clarified to AppleInsider that the new color will actually be a "much darker" variant of space gray that is "close to black, though not quite black."

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Black and slate iPhone 5 on left vs. space gray iPhone 5s (Mike Cronin via YouTube)

Monday's indications from Macotakara sources appear to be a clarification from earlier reports that suggested Apple would ditch space gray for a "deep blue" color option. Sources who claim to have seen the next-generation iPhone coloring apparently mistook the darker space gray for a blue shade.

The so-called "new, darker shade" could more closely resemble the look of the "space black" stainless steel Apple Watch, pictured below, which is darker than the "space gray" aluminum Apple Watch Sport. Meanwhile, Apple will reportedly continue to offer the iPhone 7 series in silver, gold, and rose gold color options.

Apple has used different shades of "space gray" and "black and slate" across its iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch lineups over the years. The iPhone 6s and iPad Pro, for example, each have a lighter shade of "space gray" compared to the iPhone 5s and original iPad Air respectively.

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Apple's vision of "space gray" has changed over the years (MrHarryT via Reddit)

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro in September. The 4.7" and 5.5" smartphones are rumored to feature a thinner iPhone 6s-like design, sans a 3.5mm headphone jack, while each may have a faster Apple A10 processor, improved waterproofing, repositioned antenna bands, and faster LTE and Wi-Fi. A dual-lens camera and 3GB of RAM may be exclusive to the 5.5-inch model.

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Top Rated Comments

magicschoolbus Avatar
103 months ago
Black iMac and MacBook Pro please and thank you!
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sniffies Avatar
103 months ago
I'm blue da ba dee da ba dye
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kobbr Avatar
103 months ago
My favourite part of my iPhone 5 was that it was actually black.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ArtOfWarfare Avatar
103 months ago
Oh praise the lordy lord.

I got the 5 in white because I liked the 4s in white.. hated it.
I got the 5s in space grey after really liking the design in the black colour, however Apple made it lighter.. hated it.
Got the 6 in space grey hoping for the design to change my mind, meh.. hated it.
Got the 6s in rose gold, LOVED IT.

Now bring back the og space grey/slate, Apple.
My biggest takeaway from this was that you seem to buy every generation of iPhone, regardless of whether you actually like the colors it's available in. I don't think Apple needs to cater to your tastes given it seems to be guaranteed that you'll buy this years model whether you actually like the way it looks or not. You have bought 3 iPhones that you hated the colors of over the last 4 years.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JonneyGee Avatar
103 months ago
Black and slate would be nice, especially if there's a shift to dark mode by iOS 11.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chupa Chupa Avatar
103 months ago
Gray/Black was never going to be replaced by blue. Stupid tale from the get go.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)