The Many Shades of (Apple’s) Space Gray

David Chartier pointed out something interesting on Twitter. He noticed that the “space gray” of the iPod touch is “roughly 300% more space gray than the iPhone.” I have both of those devices is space gray, and the difference is striking. I don’t notice it because I use a case on my iPhone.

I also happen to have the original iPad mini in space gray, and what’s interesting is that this device has a totally different color. Here’s a photo, with, left to right, iPad mini, iPhone 6s, and iPod touch (latest generation).

Space gray

It’s not easy to tell in this light, but the iPad is a bit bluer, sort of like a steel blue, and the iPhone really doesn’t look very gray next to the other devices. It’s worth noting that my Apple Watch, which is also space gray, is almost the same color as the iPod touch, not the iPhone. And the MacBook matches the iPhone. So Apple has a wide range of space grays, and they use different tones for different devices.

4 thoughts on “The Many Shades of (Apple’s) Space Gray

  1. For a start, the original iPad mini was slate grey then changed to space grey with the iPad mini 2. Secondly, depending what generation the iPod touch is will determine what colour it should be. It also started as slate grey and changed to space grey which then changed to a darker space grey.

    It looks like David is comparing space grey against slate grey. The Apple Watch I think is similar to the newer iPod touch darker space grey. I would predict that the new iPhone 7 will be new dark space grey and thus fit in across the rest of the range apart from the 12″ MacBook that will probably be updated soon and will no doubt be new darker space grey as well.

    I have space grey iPhone6, iPad mini 2 and 12″ MacBook and they all match nicely.

  2. My iPod touch is the 6 g and I got silver and wanted space grey but couldn’t afford it because that was 32 gb and I only had enough for the 16 gn

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