For those of you in China who can’t get your hands on the highly-demanded gold-colored iPhone 5s and have an extra few thousand renminbi jingling around in your pockets, there is an alternative: a luxury iPhone coated in real, 18-karat gold.
Customized luxury iPhones using real gold existed before Apple released the iPhone 5S last month, but the popularity of the gold-colored 5S, particularly in China, has indicated just how many Chinese consumers are obsessed with the color associated with wealth and prosperity.
The 18-karat gold iPhones are aimed toward a niche market of customers who are willing to pay an arm and a leg to ‘differentiate’ their phones. Prices for a real gold-plated iPhone are currently ranging from 43,000 to 49,000 HK dollars (5,513-6,282 USD).
Of course, if you can’t cough up the cash for a pure gold-coated iPhone but can’t seem to stifle your vomit at the thought of carrying around an average white iPhone like the rest of Apple’s sheep, you can still settle on one of these golden iPhone stickers selling on Taobao for a cool 35 yuan to upgrade to bling-status.