It was only a matter of time before the great algorithm in the sky brought millennial pink and iPhone leaks together in capitalist matrimony. On May 5, a Twitter account called Peng Phones created a frenzy when it tweeted a photo of a pink iPhone 13 Pro Max render that looked like it was dreamed up by the same people who brought us “aesthetic” iPhone home screens.
In fact, the render was dreamed up, by Instagrammer Ali Sayed Ali, an artist who specializes in 3D models and renders, mostly of iPhones. The photo, which shows a bubblegum-pink iPhone surrounded by what appears to be other pink Apple accessories (AirPods, AirPods Max, an iPhone case), was first posted to their Instagram account on Feb. 5 with the caption, “Should we start seeing these colors more often?”
Apple’s purple iPhone 12, unveiled in April alongside a colorful array of iMacs.
Peng Phones took the photo and ran with it, calling the color “Rose Pink” in a tweet and teasing a December 2021 release date for the color option, though subsequent tweets from the same account also mention November 2021 releases for “Pink,” “Rose Pink” and even “Rosegold Pink” iPhones.
So this rumor is actually more of an iPhone wish list item, since the original creator of the image says she created it just for fun. And the veracity of the alleged release dates and color names is pretty hard to vouch for, not having originated or been corroborated by notable leakers with solid Apple-leak track records.
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 Nintendo Switch, too.
The variation in color and release date…