You might have to pay more than $1,000 for the Apple iPhone 8

You might have to pay more than $1,000 for the Apple iPhone 8
The 10th anniversary model of the Apple iPhone, which could be named the Apple iPhone 8 or iPhone X, promises to be special according to a source with knowledge of Apple's game plan. Unlike the Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus, the premium handset is going to be equipped with an OLED screen that will cover the entire front of the phone, according to this source. Touch ID could be embedded under the display, although it seems that this technology still needs some work. Apple is believed to be spending big bucks on the 5.8-inch screen for the model, twice as much as it currently spends for the LCD panels in use now. With more memory expected inside, that is another bill that Apple will have to pay.

But Apple will reportedly save money by using forged stainless steel for the sides of the iPhone 8. That is a cheaper material than the aluminum used on the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The sides might replace the usual buttons with touch sensitive inlays. Dual camera setups should be seen on both the iPhone 8/X and the Apple iPhone 7s Plus, and a massive battery should be inside the anniversary phone. The aforementioned OLED panels will be seen only on the anniversary model this year, although all iPhone handsets are expected to feature the new display in 2018 and after.

A quick rule of thumb with iPhone rumors is to toss them into a hat, shake them up and down exactly 22 times, and then listen only to super analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. His record of outing the new features to be found on each year's upcoming iPhone models has been truly amazing. For 2017, Mr. Ming has been calling for a 4.7-inch iPhone 7s, 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus and a 5.8-inch OLED carrying iPhone 8. He also says that Apple will replace the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 8/X with a face recognition system that will verify the user's identity.

Currently, the 256GB Apple iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black is the most expensive iPhone at $969. According to the source we mentioned at the beginning of the story, later this year we could see the $1,000 barrier cracked by the very special anniversary edition of the iPhone. Better start looking for change now.

source: FastCompany via Engadget

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89 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1646; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

$300 to $500 could have decent phones already, the extra save is the extra gain.

11. chenski

Posts: 762; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Exactly, I predict more and more people going to buy midranges

40. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Nah, some people with economical thinking, and also, some "average" consumer who has figured out that iPhones aren't that different from Android in daily drive will stay the mid-range line. But most who want to look at themselves at the mirror and click pictures with Apples in it won't change.

41. rocker91

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Even in Android Samsung HTC and Sony is charging big bucks. Especially Samsung Note 7 was as expensive as iPhone 7 plus. So it's not just for Apple people are ready to spend big bucks for Galaxy devices coz it looks cool not because it is better than OP3 or something

44. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Read mid-range line...you have have that option in Android. You can get the latest but also, pay less. Whereas, if you follow iPhones, you want the latest and that's not cheap.

55. Leo_MC

Posts: 7269; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

SE is cheap enough.

56. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

But is it the latest?

59. Leo_MC

Posts: 7269; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It is the latest in midrange from Apple.

65. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Almost a year now...that's a little too late to be termed latest.

71. Leo_MC

Posts: 7269; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

6s is still a rock solid choice, waaay better than most Android mid-range phones, SE had the same greate performances in a smaller body. That's what Apple is doing for those paying mid-range prices.

76. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The 6S is still too expensive and under-specced compared to many Android mid-range phones.

81. AlikMalix unregistered

6s inder-spec'd? The thing is faster than or just as fast as recent flagship from Samsung, LG, and w/e else.

89. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Speed is just one part of what makes a phone great. The 6S lacks in too many areas there are mid-range Android phones that match and beat even the latest iPhones in many areas for a quarter of the price. Where the iPhones do excel they are not that far ahead to justify the price difference

70. notfair

Posts: 722; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Note 7 had more features than all the iphones ever had combined.

82. AlikMalix unregistered

And it's still missing features I need, that even my 5s has.

64. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

SHUT UP & TAKE MY MONEY !!!

12. chenski

Posts: 762; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Exactly, I predict more and more people going to buy midranges

88. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

That's a fair assumption. Gone are the days where app developers actually cared about making games that require such horsepower. Those who aren't nitpicky about bezels and the latest mobile camera tech would possibly settle with a mid-range phone.

68. boinero

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

We'll pay, we isheep's love been cheated, we're just foolish that way!

4. RasacL

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 27, 2017

And in India, they will price at ₹100000 (~$1500)... S8 will be the best.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Because it's cheaper? Not like more than 4% of the population will be able to afford that either, no point in adding the unnecessary speculation.

21. RasacL

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 27, 2017

Nope not just because it's cheaper, tell me one feature that iPhone has in excess and does better than the Samsung?

24. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Speed. Updates. Battery life (7+). Video recording. Audio playback. Etc. Any further questions?

39. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

So they become: 1. The speed company (don't know what that would be like) 2. The update company 3. The battery company 4. The videography company 5. The audio company 6. The etc company.

43. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Not sure what you're asking/saying here, Nathan fam'.

46. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, you know since Apple is supposedly a camera company, it might as well be all those I mentioned about.

48. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

If you're referring to that piece at PA, I never agreed with their ideology. I for one fully embrace the S7 and Pixel as having better cameras, even now. Having said that, what I said earlier still rings true, especially in the areas of speed and audio quality.

52. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Speed, I give them... Audio quality is debatable.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL all rumors LOL But guess it doesn't hurt to dream.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6752; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Gotta dream right? Otherwise what can we possibly hope to achieve?

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