It was only a matter of time before the great algorithm in the sky brought millennial pink and together in capitalist matrimony. The is finally here. After , which saw not only the four iPhone 13 variants but also the and , the internet is abuzz with excitement over the phones’ options ( !), extra , and more. But what I’m most excited about are the — specifically, the pink iPhone 13 of the collective internet’s dreams.
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 ( , and an ). “Should we start seeing these colors more often?” the caption said.
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” 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:
But still, many Twitter responses expressed hope (or at least a capitulation to capitalism that one could interpret as buying intent): “Capitalism is bad but the pink iphone is so sexy,” one person tweeted. Another just tweeted “manifesting” between two candle emoji with an image of not only a pink iPhone 13, but a pink , too.
This rumor was definitely more of anitem since the original creator of the image says she created it just for fun. But that didn’t stop us (and the ) from wondering about its plausibility anyway. Could Apple actually make the pink iPhone happen? Turns out, yes. Check out the official below.
iPhone 13 and 13 Mini colors:
- Product Red
iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max colors:
- Sierra blue
The veracity of the alleged release dates () and color names tweeted by Peng Phones was pretty hard to vouch for, not having originated or been corroborated by notable leakers with solid Apple-leak track records, and especially because the photo in the tweet was merely fan art. But what the Twitter account got right was the fact that Apple would announce . This is not much of a surprise, because Apple varied the colors similarly in its iPhone 12 lineup last year.
The odds of a pink iPhone 13 coming out in 2021? They weren’t terrible. First, this wouldn’t have been the first time Apple released a pink iPhone. The, released in 2013, was available in pink. 2018’s came in coral, and the from 2015 was sold in rose gold. . Just this past February, Samsung also released models of its flagship , with a more metallic sheen than the iPhone 13 render.
And Apple released ain the spring, another bone thrown to the . In fact, Apple also unveiled a at its April event to match the company’s . One of those iMac colors is, you guessed it, pink.
from generation to generation, leaving the rest consistent. So it was always possible that a candy-colored pop of pink could oust the iPhone 12’s deep blue or mint green.
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. Millennial pink? Maybe. Still, no one can argue that their pink iPhone manifestations didn’t technically come true. But if you’re still disappointed by the muted pastel shade, you can always just buy a pink.