Is This Why Apple Didn’t Make a Gold iPad?
Before Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) revealed that its new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display would only be available in silver or space gray, many industry watchers had speculated that the Cupertino, California-based company would also unveil a gold-colored model, as it did for the iPhone 5S. Various images of a purported gold-colored iPad even circulated online.
So why didn’t Apple make a gold-colored iPad? Well-known tech industry commentator John Gruber claims to know the answer. In a recent iPad-centric posting on his Daring Fireball blog, Gruber inserted an intriguing iPhone 5S footnote about Apple’s rumored testing of a gold iPad.
“One other thing the 5S offers that the new iPads do not: a gold option. My understanding is that they tried it, and it just didn’t look good bigger. It works on the iPhone because the iPhone is so much smaller — more like jewelry,” wrote Gruber. Although he offered no source for his assertion, Gruber is known as “one of the foremost experts on all things Apple,” The Verge writes.
Other commentators believe the lack of a gold iPad may be related to production constraints. Well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple would not have a gold color option for either of the new iPads before last week’s media event.