A prototype of the iPhone 5s has surfaced with an unusual slate grey backing, a darker color scheme that may have been used to disguise the iPhone model ahead of its launch.
Unveiled by Apple in September 2013 and accompanied by the iPhone 5c, the iPhone 5s was offered to the public in a choice of three color schemes. However, new images suggest Apple may have considered another option, one it ended up using on pre-release devices.
Images shared by @DongleBookPro on Twitter show what is identified as an "iPhone 5s Prototype." The device is shown to bear fake regulatory details on the rear, indicating it isn't a version intended for release to the public.
iPhone 5s Prototype— Dongle (@DongleBookPro) January 17, 2021
This unit has a slate gray iPhone 5 style housing (likely to try and conceal the device) with numerous differences from production (matte top & bottom)
Additionally it was manufactured in December of 2012, months after the 5 was released pic.twitter.com/qmKBxCuih7
The images show Apple went to some lengths to disguise the device, including the use of a much darker "slate gray" back cover, as well as a matte top and base section instead of a glossy version. It is said that this and other minor alterations made the prototype seem similar to the iPhone 5's physical styling.
The pictured model is also said to have been manufactured in December 2012, a few months after Apple launched the iPhone 5.
Sporting a 4-inch display and the A7 SoC, the iPhone 5s was offered in a choice of three color options: Space Gray with glossy black sections, Gold with white, and Silver with white.