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



1. torr310

Posts: 1708; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

11. chenski

Posts: 785; 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: 92; 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 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.

70. notfair

Posts: 767; 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


12. chenski

Posts: 785; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

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

88. Chuck007

Posts: 1416; 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: 7521; 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: 7521; 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: 7521; 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: 7521; 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: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

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

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6897; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

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

8. Alpha1

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 06, 2016

It will just be a more expensive copy of an already existing Android device.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ask the people who buy it if they give a damn. Pretty sure their answer will be "". Or they may just ignore you, kinda like the rest of the world does.

10. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

I'm not surprised it's 1000$. The kind of innovation they being too the table every year and make their competitors fall in shame time And again it was high time the customers started paying the right price for the advanced and premium tech.

33. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015


13. fyah_king unregistered

Too cheap!! They need to sell it at $10k.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I had difficulty justifying $650 for a 128GB Nexus 6P, which I consider premium, though certainly aged. I simply cannot justify spending an additional $350 for a device that makes calls and runs apps. I'm not criticizing people who intend to buy it, and this is not criticizing the Apple brand, I also wouldn't spend that kind of money on an Android phone either... I find it simply ridiculous.

20. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Thank you Scott for always being reasonable in your assessments. I'm odd enough that as long as the asking price isn't absurd (looking at you Huawei) I'm down for the campaign. Helps I don't really have many obligations and such outside of work and the GF. I understand why some people see that and say "Nope" but I'm an enthusiast (whatever the hell that entails) so if it lives up to expectations, I give it a look. know..... Apple's upgrade program makes it even easier to do so for me. I totally respect anyone who'd walk away from this because, honestly, it's mind boggling how expensive phones have gotten over the past decade. Back in the day you could get a Razor for $150 bucks....Now I'm paying that just to get the damn things activated!

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, people critical of the price (myself included) have to remind themselves that the suggested $1,000 price point is expected for the top most model for the iPhone 8, and that the base may fall in line with or be slightly above what most other OEMs are charging for their premium base model phones. The Pixel base model cost $650 and you can bet your ass I was critical of that just as I am with Apple. But the phones are selling at that price, demand is high so I can't say it was a poor business choice for either company, it's just a little out of my reach... lol, I suppose that's why I keep entering myself in online contests to try and win one. :P

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