A Pink iPhone is more than just a colour choice

Pink iPhone 15
Pictured: iPhone 15 in Pink
//Hi Barbie!
Anula Wiwatowska
Sep 12, 2023
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Published on September 12, 2023

Earlier today, Apple introduced the latest iPhone and Apple Watch series, and they come in pink! You read that right. Pretty, pastel, pink.

This isn’t the first time Apple has released a rose-hued device. The iPhone 13 had a pink model, and the iPhone 6s and 7 were strategically labelled ‘Rose Gold’, but this year in particular it holds cultural significance. 

Historically, the colour pink has caused a lot of controversy. Through the years it has been associated with aristocracy, the punk movement, prisons, and feminist activism. Thanks to the Barbie movie, the colour pink has had a resurgence in pop-culture this year with online communities calling the style ‘Barbie-core’. Although the hue has been used to denote power and rebellion, it simultaneously has been branded feminine and frivolous. Ultimately labels that Apple may have wanted to avoid for greater market appeal.

This feminine switch started around the 1950’s, after the Second World War. The 1957 film Funny Face includes a song called “Think Pink” which encouraged women to steer away from “the black” and “the blue” - a reference to the colours worn by women during the war. Post-War, the blue-for-boys and pink-for-girls stereotypes began to blossom and continue to this day.

Earlier this year, the Barbie movie became a cultural event. Viewers in droves dressed up in pure, unadulterated pink, catapulting the colour back into Vogue (literally). This film sparked a  pink revival across the whole cultural zeitgeist, and Apple using the Pink iPhone 15 as its hero colour is the final flourish.

Of course the colourway is a welcoming nod to women in the male-dominated tech space, but in another sense it is a reconnection with Apple’s roots. Famously Steve Jobs declared Apple for “...the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.” That sounds pretty similar to the history of the colour pink, doesn’t it?

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Anula Wiwatowska
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Anula Wiwatowska
Anula is the Content and Social Media Editor within the Reviews.org extended universe, writing across Reviews.org/au and WhistleOut. Working in the tech space since 2020, she covers phone and internet plans, gadgets, smart devices, and the intersection of technology and lifestyle. After a year in the sector, Anula was shortlisted for Best New Journalist at the IT Journalism Awards in 2021. Apart from putting serious words on the internet, Anula strategises and creates social-first content, and researches by getting lost in TikTok for hours on end. If she isn’t in front of her computer, you’ll find Anula drawing somewhere cozy, pretending that she knows how to use power tools in the yard, or playing with her dog with a strong martini in one hand.

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