The pink iPhone 13 is real, but I liked the fan art better than Apple's version
The pink iPhone 13 rumors from earlier this year were false, but Apple delivered us a rosy hue anyway.
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Murmurs about a bubblegum pink iPhone 13 all started with an Instagram post. Artist and Instagrammer Ali Sayed Ali, who specializes in 3D models and renders (mostly of iPhones), posted a photo back in February showing a very ~aesthetic~ pink iPhone surrounded by what appears to be other pink Apple accessories (AirPods, AirPods Max and an iPhone case). "Should we start seeing these colors more often?" the caption said.
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Then on May 5, a Twitter account called Peng Phones created a frenzy when it tweeted the same photo without sourcing, referring to it as a "Rose Pink" iPhone 13 Pro Max render and teasing a December 2021 release date for the color option. (Subsequent tweets from the same account also mention November 2021 releases for "Pink," "Rose Pink" and even "Rosegold Pink" iPhones.) The tweet netted over 40,000 likes and more than 30,000 retweets, causing searches for "pink iPhone 13" to spike. The photo has since been removed from the tweet for copyright violation.
Much of the Twitter reaction was of the skeptical variety:
This rumor was definitely more of an iPhone wish list item since the original creator of the image says she created it just for fun. But that didn't stop us (and the aesthetic devotees of social media) from wondering about its plausibility anyway. Could Apple actually make the pink iPhone happen? Turns out, yes. Check out the official iPhone 13 color options below.
iPhone 13 and 13 Mini colors:
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While Apple certainly delivered on our pleas for a pink iPhone 13 (the name of the color is literally just "pink"), the hue is not quite as bold as the original Instagram render. Would I call it bubblegum pink? Based on Apple's marketing images, no way. CNET's Patrick Holland says the pink is so pale it looks almost white in certain lighting. But millennial pink? Maybe. Still, no one can argue that their pink iPhone manifestations didn't technically come true, even if the fan art looks a lot prettier. But if you're still disappointed by the muted pastel shade, you can always just buy a pink phone case.