Apple goes full ‘Banana Phone’ with yellow iPhone 14 and 14 Plus

Surprisingly, the new yellow iPhone 14 isn’t the most vibrant of the bunch.
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Apple has a feeling that is indeed so appealing, and that feeling is that they should add “yellow” to the range of iPhone case colors. All right, sing it with me, kids: “ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, banana phone.”

Apple announced are new yellow tinted phones Tuesday. Fortunately, it is not a vibrant mustard color, but a subdued, soothing pastel shade. Everything else about the already solid iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, of course, remains the same. The new color option should be available “this spring,” the company’s announcement said.

Apple tends to keep certain colors specific to certain phone iterations. Remember when rose gold was the big thing? Last March, Apple released a “alpine greeniPhone 13 and 13 Pro, a dark green color that seemed more aimed at people who wear military camo in the woods when walking through towns with no trees in sight. Compared to that, the yellow iPhone 14 fits more with the classic, understated Apple look.

Yellow joins the current slate of other colors, including “midnight” (dark gray), “starlight” (white), red, blue (really a grayish blue), and (really light) purple. It will be interesting to see what kind of color palettes Apple will release with it upcoming iPhone 15although, according to a new rumor, people may be more attached to the screen hardware of the next Apple phone.

Standard iPhone 15 may lack ProMotion and Always-On Display

As first reported by MacRumors, the standard iPhone 15 model will not include an LTPO display, meaning it won’t get the ProMotion features found in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. According to Korean news aggregator blog yeux1122 on Tuesday, only the Pro series will get access to LTPO’s 1-120Hz refresh rate, meaning the regular iPhone 15 won’t get any sort of low-power display backlight to maintain an always-on screen. The more expensive iPhone Pro models can shift the refresh rate depending on whether it’s displaying static content or videos, meaning it can keep the device’s fairly long battery life without sacrificing visibility.

According to the blog and previous reports from Apple analysts, Apple has already started shipping the iPhone 15 display components in preparation for mass production, so it’s already too late to change much. It’s disappointing news for anyone who wasn’t planning on spending an extra $100 next year on a more expensive iPhone.

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