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Fresh rumours indicate graphite colour scheme for new Apple iPhone 5S

If you thought Apple's upcoming iPhone 5S would only come in black, white, and gold, you might want to think again.

Leaked photos have made their way online suggesting that the forthcoming Apple smartphone may come in yet another colour scheme: black and graphite. Apple insider Sonny Dickson has published a gallery of photos on his website, showing what he claims is the new "gray or graphite color with black trim."

Based on the photos, it appears the new grey tone will cover the back plate and the sides of the phone while the face will remain black. If the rumour ends up being true, the new graphite model would be the fourth colour option for Apple's next-generation iPhone alongside the black/slate, white/silver, and rumoured white/gold model.

Rumours about the gold iPhone ramped up recently when several credible news outlets confirmed that the Cupertino-based company will indeed add the gilded colour option to its iPhone lineup. AllThingsD, citing "sources in position to know," reported that the new colour option will be an "elegant" gold tone, described as less ingot and more champagne.

Whatever Apple has up its sleeve, the company is reportedly planning to unveil its next smartphone on 10 September, which would fall two days short of a full year since the iPhone 5 was revealed.

Other iPhone 5S rumours tip a new A7 chip and a convex home button with a space for a fingerprint sensor. Apple is also reportedly working on a lower-cost option dubbed the iPhone 5C, which may come with at least five, multi-coloured back enclosures.