5 iPhone 14 Colors I Wish Apple Released Instead of Yellow

Apple released its new yellow color for the iPhone 14 yesterday. And it looks great! It’s a bright, punchy shade of yellow that’s much more saturated than some of the other colors available for the iPhone 14.

But as much as I like and appreciate the color, it also got me thinking about what otherwise Apple could have done it in terms of new iPhone 14 colors. What other colors would we have seen in alternate reality for the iPhone 14? As that thought gnawed through my mind, I put my raw Photoshop skills to the test to imagine a few other iPhone 14 colors I wish Apple had released instead.

Dark green

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While we don’t have a green iPhone 14, Apple was a big fan of the color last year with the iPhone 13 family. In March 2022, the company released two shades of green for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, including a standard green for the former and a more muted alpine green for the latter.

A dark green iPhone 14 wouldn’t look all that different from the green iPhone 13, so I can see why Apple didn’t go down this route. But given how damn good the green iPhone 13 looked, I wish it had! Apple could have come up with a more saturated green to differentiate the two models just now enough while still delivering a green iPhone hue that looks great.

Gray

Mockup render of the iPhone 14 in a gray color.
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I can hear you now. “Of all the colors you could wish for, you have chosen gray?” It’s a dull-sounding color, I know, but I think it would be a solid addition to the iPhone 14 color range. Black is great for people who want an ultra-low-profile look, while white is a stronger, brighter option .

But what if you want something in between? A matte gray iPhone 14 would go perfectly with that. It would also look excellent paired with a Space Gray M2 MacBook Pro. Call it boring if you like, but I’d love to see a gray iPhone 14 join the ranks.

Mint

Mockup render of the iPhone 14 in mint color.
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Coming back to something more visually interesting: can you imagine a mint iPhone 14? It could be some kind of recall to the green color Apple used in 2019 for the iPhone 11, which had a very light, minty hue. Now that it’s been a few years, it would have been a perfect time to bring it back.

I find there’s something so soothing about a good mint color. It looks refreshing and peaceful and is not something we often see in the smartphone design world. Apple has made a great mint color once before, and with the iPhone 14, I wish we’d seen it again.

Orange

Mockup render of the iPhone 14 in an orange color.
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In all its years of making iPhones, Apple has never released an orange model. Why? Your guess is as good as mine, but I think it’s about time Apple changed that. The iPhone 13 was rumored to come in orange, just like the iPhone 14 Pro. But over and over it never happens.

As my quick mock-up shows, what an orange iPhone 14 would have looked like incredible. It is not as intense as (Product) Red and is a darker shade than yellow. I think the correct approach here would be a bright, saturated orange rather than something dark and muted. We ultimately didn’t get that with the iPhone 14, but I sure wish we had.

Purple

Mockup rendering of the iPhone 14 in a purple color.
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Last but certainly not least, how good would a purple iPhone 14 have looked? The iPhone 14 Pro is already available in the beautiful deep purple color, so combining the iPhone 14 with a similar (but different) purple color would have added great symmetry between the two models.

If Apple had gone the purple route, it would have been great to see a bolder, more saturated purple color. The deep purple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are very dark and subdued, appearing almost gray under certain lighting conditions. A more intense purple for the iPhone 14 would have been extremely cool to see.

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