A filing from Apple at the Federal Communications Commission reveals images of a gold iPhone X that has yet to be released. The 180-day confidentiality period on the photos has now lapsed, offering a clear view of an iPhone X with a glass backplate featuring the same gold tone as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus released in September. MacRumors first spotted the now-public photographs. The stainless steel sides are also a shade of gold. Leading up to last years iPhone event, it had been reported that Apple was working on a gold version of the iPhone X, but that color was never shown on stage, and Apple went with only two color choices: space gray and white/silver. Presumably the company ran into unforeseen manufacturing obstacles with the gold one. It has been reported that Apple is working on a gold version of the iPhone Xs successor, so the company will be giving it another try in a few months. Had Apple used one of those iPhone X colors for its FCC filing, we wouldnt have gotten these photos of the gold model and a rare look at an unreleased Apple product. The images arrive on the very same day that Bloomberg revealed an internal Apple memo with a stern warning against leaking confidential information. In this case, Apple itself made the misstep. Today also marks the release of a fourth, red color choice for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Theres no red option for the iPhone X.
Paging Goldmember. On the same day that an Apple memo urging employees to stop leaking company info leaked, the company is now dealing with another, well, leak. But, this time it wasn't anyone from inside Apple who spilled the goods; it was the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As spotted by 9to5Mac, a gold iPhone X appears to have arrived at the FCC offices, which is surprising considering Apple hasn't made an official announcement about the new color on its flagship smartphone. The tones on this iPhone X are quite shiny and, at a glance, look like a darker version of those on the gold iPhone 8. One of the main differences with the gold iPhone X is that it has black bezels, whereas the gold iPhone 8 comes with white ones. Apple just tried a similar formula with the Product RED iPhone 8 Plus we checked out yesterday. Even though the FCC isn't a random person on the internet who claims to have a gold iPhone X, don't get too excited about it until Apple confirms its existence. Something worth noting, as 9to5Mac points out, the leaked iPhone X has a model identifier of "A1903," which is different than the "A1865," "A1901" and "A1902" that are already out on the market. If this gold iPhone X is indeed the real deal, though, then it probably won't be too long until Apple launches it. We reached out to Apple for comment and will update this post if we hear back.