iPhone Professional wants a radical colour revolution

Apple desperately must shake up its iPhone Professional colours. The brand-new iPhone 14 Professional — within the exotic-sounding “deep purple” colour — truly seems to be like a uninteresting grey in actual life.

When Apple advertising chief Greg “Joz” Joswiak revealed the brand new deep purple colour ultimately month’s Far Out product launch, I instantly considered “Smoke on the Water.” I envisioned a daring hue that might truly look trippy and distinctive. And I believed possibly Cupertino’s brightest minds lastly broke free from the iPhone Professional’s usually mundane colour palette.

What was I smoking?

iPhone 14 Professional colours: Boring!

“They arrive in 4 beautiful colours,” stated Joswiak through the Far Out occasion. “A brand new area black, silver, gold and this all-new deep purple.”

And, in actual fact, the purple colour that blasted onto the display screen throughout Apple’s hour-and-a-half-long infomercial did look type of compelling. (Additionally, like many individuals, I’m all the time a sucker for “all-new.”)

Possibly the deep purple iPhone 14 Professional will sparkle within the daylight, and look a bit richer in actual life than within the advertising supplies, I believed.

Like fools, my spouse and I each ordered purple Execs. And now that call is producing some precise purple prose — in our home, and on-line.

“It’s not purple,” have been her actual phrases upon opening her new iPhone 14 Professional on Friday morning. I may hear the frustration in her voice (and I’ll spare you my extra colourful, and fewer well mannered, response).

You name that ‘deep purple’?

The iPhone 14 Pro color lineup leaves something to be desired: boldness.
The iPhone 14 Professional colour lineup leaves one thing to be desired: boldness.
Photograph: Apple

Clearly, this isn’t a big downside. We don’t stay in Ukraine, the place a belligerent Russia would possibly flatten our home with a missile at any second (almost 20 years after Ukraine’s personal Orange Revolution).

And possibly my spouse and I aren’t typical iPhone buyers. We play collectively in an accordion rock band, and we regularly put on outfits onstage that seem like we acquired caught in a paint-store explosion. So possibly it’s all a query of style, and ours simply lurches towards the outlandish.

Nonetheless, I can’t assist however assume Apple is lacking a implausible alternative right here. The iPhone 14 Professional lineup truly feels actually “professional” once more this 12 months. It comes with a wide range of options that differentiate it from the “normie” iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.

The brand new Dynamic Island that replaces the notch, the At all times-On show that mimics current Apple Watch screens, the 48-megapixel digicam … all that good things combines to make for a really thrilling replace from final 12 months’s iPhone 13 Professional. (Like every addict, I’m on the iPhone Improve Program, however I’d most likely pull the set off anyway. This replace appears value it.)

However then there are the colour choices. Cue the deep purple trombones.

With deep disappointment, we survey the deep purple iPhone 14 Professional

I’m not the one one underwhelmed, both. Loads of folks on Twitter had their hopes for an distinctive iPhone 14 Professional colour dashed as nicely.

Pricey Apple, this “deep purple” just isn’t purple. It’s bland, unhappy, gray and it’s the worst colour in individual. Why did you do that? Why should you kill enjoyable?


I may do John’s iPhone evaluate. The purple seems to be grey. Identical to the entire colours, it loooks grey in regular mild. Additionally, higher digicam, blah, blah.


Admittedly, as with earlier iPhone Professional “hero” colours Pacific blue and Sierra blue, the deep purple mannequin seems to be very completely different relying on the lighting round you. As anticipated, direct daylight teases out some highlights — and in reality, some of us gushed and posted images on Twitter that make the deep purple telephone look borderline beautiful.

However I’ve not discovered the proper ray of California sunshine that makes my new iPhone seem like Apple’s finest product photographs or the best influencers’ images. Even the system’s stainless-steel edge doesn’t shine as fantastically because the one on the Sierra blue iPhone 13 I’ll be buying and selling in. Possibly I acquired a dud.

Worse but, indoors, it tends towards a grim, putty grey. It mimics the dingiest tones of Deep Purple’s traditional Machine Head album cowl artwork. And do I actually wish to go open air and seek for the precise proper lighting to make my iPhone shine? I don’t.

It’s attainable I (and my spouse, and all these different disillusioned deep purple patrons) merely selected incorrect. Possibly I ought to’ve gone with the brand new area black colour. That one match with the Far Out occasion’s galactic theme, a minimum of. And folks do appear to love that colour on Twitter.

Equally, my boss Leander appears impressed by his selection. (“I actually like this white {hardware} — with silver stainless rim,” he taunted me in Slack.)

Primary black and crisp white are all nicely and good, I suppose. However iPhone 14 Professional is screaming for some actually vibrant colours.

iPhone Professional wants daring colour choices

Corvette C8: Now that's a bold blue!
Corvette C8: Now that’s a daring blue!
Photograph: Chen Zhao

May I counsel worldwide orange, just like the eye-catching highlights on the upcoming Apple Watch Extremely? Or an intense blue, like my buddy’s Corvette C8. How a couple of sizzling bronze, like my CultCast colleague Erfon Elijah has been longing for years? Or a glittery blue flake just like the end out there on the Modulus Funk Limitless, probably the most badass bass I’ve ever seen? Even a Product(Crimson) model would make sense.

It’s time for Cupertino’s colour pickers to hop aboard the psychedelic prepare sweeping by Silicon Valley. Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner must open up his third eye and produce some peeper-popping colours that make an actual assertion. That is the corporate that launched the Flower Energy and Blue Dalmation iMacs again in 2001, in spite of everything. These nonetheless stand as among the wildest-looking computer systems of all time.

Apple shifted into super-serious all-aluminum, all-the-time mode not lengthy after that. Whereas the refined design language emphasised Apple’s prowess with supplies and dedication to premium merchandise, particularly in comparison with plastic laptops, all of us get it now. Apple makes the best {hardware} wherever.

Apple design is slowly shifting again towards enjoyable

The corporate’s colour pendulum started slowly swinging again towards extra daring choices in recent times, however the iPhone Professional lineup specifically appears certain to boardroom blandness. I’m positive a lot of fits purchase the expensive iPhone Professional and use it to test their shares from the C-suite. However Apple constantly showcases the Professional cameras’ capabilities for filmmakers and photographers. It’s time to unleash the inventive potential of an important device for all inventive folks.

Sadly, the deep purple iPhone 14 Professional feels notably timid, extra uninteresting grey than vibrant violet. It’s not whilst audacious as your garden-variety aubergine. And don’t get me began on the purple iPhone 14. I often really feel jealous in regards to the midrange iPhone lineup’s usually less-reserved colour choices, however that one seems to be straight-up lavender. This 12 months’s purple iPhone colours signify a step within the incorrect course, for my part.

Once more, that is completely a first-world downside. I don’t hate the deep purple iPhone 14 Professional colour — I simply don’t love it. I really hope Apple sees the sunshine and unleashes some actually daring colour choices for the iPhone 15 Professional.

Till then, I’ll be searching for colourful circumstances for my “miserable purple” iPhone 14 Professional and grinning with delight on the Dynamic Island. There’s a couple of option to flip a frown the wrong way up.

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