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Analyst: Apple iPhone 6's subsidized price could be higher than previous models

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Analyst: Apple iPhone 6's subsidized price could be higher than previous models
Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves is looking for Apple to raise the price of the Apple iPhone 6 when the handset is eventually launched later this year. Hargreaves sees the Cupertino based tech titan pricing the next-gen iPhone at $299 with a signed two year contract. But the analyst says that the added $100 is chump change for Apple's "relatively rich" iPhone buyers. The 16GB Apple iPhone 5s was originally launched at a price of $199 on-contract.

Hargreaves is expecting a 4.7 inch screen on the iPhone 6, compared to the 4 inch glass on the Apple iPhone 5s. The analyst didn't say whether Apple would be using Gorilla Glass, or switching to a sapphire glass screen as some believe it will. He also does not expect a second phablet-sized model. There is speculation that Apple will launch a variant of the iPhone with a 5.5 inch screen to challenge Samsung's Galaxy Note phablet range.

"Apple customers are relatively insensitive to price, so a higher price is not likely to dissuade potential iPhone 6 consumers who are attracted to the device’s features."-Andy Hargreaves, analyst, Pacific Crest

And while there has been some talk about an earlier June or July release of the next-gen iPhone, Hargreaves says that Apple will stick with its fall release schedule, which means we should expect to see the Apple iPhone 6 launched in September or October.

source: NYPost

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posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:22 7

1. wilsong17 (unregistered)

So before they charge you 100 dollars more for the memory now they will charge sh33p $100 for the screen too

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 11:27 3

8. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Bigger iPhone means bigger price. No question about it. Maybe $1500 for 16gb.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 13:20 3

18. Finalflash (Posts: 3535; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Yea when it comes to money, Apple wants to make more than they did before, like everyone else. Problem is, they actually will shaft consumers to do it, from making a metal phone into a plastic one, to charging 100 per memory upgrade, to charging 100 more for every .5 inch increase in size. If anyone will do it, Apple will, and the army of cultists will eat it right up.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 14:07 2

20. CreeDiddy (Posts: 957; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

People who buy Apple products disagree with your statement. It's far from the truth.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 15:16 1

23. stealthd (unregistered)

Relying on stereotypes is good sign you don't know what you're talking about.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 12:30

14. ecmedic4 (Posts: 420; Member since: 02 May 2013)

Um i could see 299 on contract if they release a phablet size iPhone. You can't really bash them for pricing it 299 if they do release an "iPhablet" considering the note 3 is 299 on contract. This is nothing more than an analyst guessing. Before passing judgement, i think its smarter to wait for the OFFICIAL pricing from Apple, but then again Apple haters will bash Apple no matter what.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 13:43 1

19. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1743; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Na, it will be $299 for the 4.7 and $399 for the 5.5 phablet

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 14:20

21. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

And it doesn't take a genius/analyst that the iPhone is the most expensive phone on the market.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 15:30 1

24. stealthd (unregistered)

You haven't really seen the market have you

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 17:45

28. ecmedic4 (Posts: 420; Member since: 02 May 2013)

It is? I do believe that the note 3 is more expensive. Also I think the 16 GB GS4 is more expensive at full retail than the 16GB iPhone 5S. Apparently you need to check prices a little more closely.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 19:12

32. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

These phone The Note 3 and Galaxy S5 can do things that the iphone can only dream of doing... Think about that for a minute.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 21:32 1

35. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

Well it's definitely the least value-for-money smartphone out there.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:34 6

2. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Because that's what you do when everyone else in the world is gaining customers by cutting the entry cost of new smart phones. You jack the price up another Benjamin.

Because at this point, Apple knows it can afford to give its customers the finger and say "sit and spin."

Of course, this may not be true, and it may not apply to the standard iPhone. They could just be following the price structure of Samsung's Galaxy line, with the bigass phone priced highest.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:40

4. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

Good call. Probably for the phab.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:40

3. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Sounds about right; for Apple. And you know what? Their going to sell tons of them.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 06:50

40. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

'Their' or...'they're'?

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:41 2

5. lalalaman (Posts: 637; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

Oh wow how original of analysts.I think I can be analyst to......

It is a matter of common sense that It will be more expensive due to larger screen and other things.....it is so obvious

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:41

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Is it a even a surprise and what about unlocked price $1500 for 64gb lol.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 12:03 2

11. mayur007 (Posts: 577; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

they are already over priced ..

lol ..

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:51 2

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 25052; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I ain't rich, relatively or otherwise. Still getting one though.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 12:25

13. ecmedic4 (Posts: 420; Member since: 02 May 2013)

I hear ya dark. Im far from rich, but ill be getting the iPhone 6 or if they release a phablet size iPhone, ill get that one. Everyone has to remember tho, that this is an analyst, so he's doing nothing more than guessing, anyone can do that. Ill wait for the OFFICIAL pricing from Apple before i go making judgements and bashing Apple, but some ppl will bash Apple no matter what on this site, so this is just fuel for the trolls. I could see a phablet size iPhone being 299 on contract, which would be on par with the note 3 which is 299 on contract. If they release 2 iPhones, my prediction is 199 for the smaller one and 299 for the phablet. Wow i think I'm an analyst now!

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 13:17 1

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 25052; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

100% agreed. Trolls can't resist this. I'm all over a phablet iPhone

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:23 3

37. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

Ooooooooooooh weeeeeeeh, 4.7 whole inches, think of what you can do with a whole extra 0.7 whole inches??? Maybe you'll finally be able to zoom in to that thing you call a profile pic and slap yourself silly. White shoes: black polyester pants - REALLY????

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 11:29 1

9. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Apple has no qualms about never passing anything to the consumer. Even if it was the same 4inch screen they would have increased the price in Canada.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 11:40

10. Sauce (unregistered)


This is Ron Burgundy, stay classy.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 12:21

12. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)

i doubt this will be the case
if they release two models, the larger one could be more expensive
i bet it will be like the iPad mini and iPad air that are basically identical except for screen size
the small iPhone will be 199 and the larger will be 299 and maybe start at 32gb or something
as much as apple has the market, and as much as apple customers are often rich, i cannot imagine they would walk away from the well established 199 price point, especially when t-mobile is already shaking up the idea of the subsidized phone completely

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 13:08 1

15. fredmode01 (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 Jul 2012)

I remember when high end phones were 400 to 500€/USD max back in the old days..
Then Apple came with higher prices for an average phone (first iPhone/3G/3GS), and all these Asian phone makers thought 'hey, lets do the same.. 600€/bucks is a nice price, trully meaning high end stuff'
That was a revolution, damn.. sad world -_-

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 13:16 2

16. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Now with more fleecing.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 17:50 1

29. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

+1 internet for you!

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 15:12

22. kevinhope5 (Posts: 53; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)

100 bucks more per inch Go Apple.... So here in Zim it Will be like $2000 16gb.... yuppie am getting the 32gb

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