While the iPod line has been a colorful experience for a few years now, the iPhone has only been available in black and white. But that’s about to change, it seems. Apple’s going all second-generation iMac on us with the new iPhone 5C. (“C” probably stands for Color. We’ll find out Tuesday.) Depending on the company’s choices, this could be a spectacular way to expand and individualize the iPhone line or a colossal spinning color wheel of disaster.
Apple, of course, is far from the only company trying to inject some color into the often monochromatic world of gadgets. And the results aren’t always pretty. Here are some hits and misses in the realm of color and form.