The tenth anniversary iPhone by Apple is set to be its best yet, with plenty of high-end changes coming to the lineup. But unfortunately, it might come with a price-tag to match the 10th anniversary present for Jony Ive’s baby. According to a report in Fast Company, the iPhone 8 will also come with a more expensive tag to match the criteria, with an expected asking price of over $1,000 said to be on the horizon.
Currently there’s no exact timeframe for what Apple is planning for this upcoming September. Leaks have shown a completely redesigned handset, with no bezels and quite possibly no Home button. That would possibly make the new phone more expensive than any iPhone 7 that is available right now and wil be quite the pill for potential buyers to swallow.
As per the new report, Apple will launch the device later this year, or before the rumored and usual timescale, and of curse, goes on to confirm previous claims that there will be multiple iPhones made available at the time. It looks very likely that a pair of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s handsets will be released with a 5.8-inch iPhone 8 going on sale as well. If it’s this device that is set to get all attention and the huge price tag to go with it is a question.
An all-metal and glass construction is said to be on the cards for the 2017 flagship, with even hardware volume up/down buttons said to be replaced with touch-sensitive versions instead. Possibilities of a curved screen similar to that of Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge is also said to be on the table.
In any case, if the entry price of the new iPhone 8 is above $1,000, then, that implies to be a version with extra storage which will come in a couple of hundred more than that, meaning you’re starting to spend more on an iPhone smartphone that’s competing against MacBook. Also part of the report adds new 3D imaging technology that’s being used from Lumentum, and while no application for the technology has been confirmed. It’s possible the sensor will be used for authentication of a user’s face, or similar implementation, of iris scanner.
As rumored, the iPhone 8 don’t come cheap, and neither do dual-camera modules, or a fingerprint sensor works from behind a touchscreen. A groundbreaking new device from Apple will cost serious money. Curved, no-bezel OLED screens and it seems the company behind iPhone models want to build a hardware that challenges Samsung on the innovation front, while keeping those record breaking profits, raising prices might be the only option.
Our source says Apple has been working with Lumentum (formed when JDS Uniphase split in 2014) on 3D-sensing technology for the new high-end phone. It remains unclear how the technology will be applied, however. It could be used to recognize the user’s face for authentication. It could also be used in the camera to provide better image resolution. It could even be used in some form of augmented reality application, according to our source.
Fast Company also proposed that the new iPhones will go on sale sooner than the now-familiar September launch that usually iPhone has followed since 2012.
(Source: Fast Company)
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