Of all the rumors circulating regarding the upcoming flagship iPhone 8, the latest one, regarding price, might be the most believable.
That isn’t to say that none of the other reports coming out of the rumor mill aren’t believable in their own regard, but they certainly aren’t original. Many of them, like wireless charging, and even OLED displays, are recycled from years prior. That wireless charging rumor feels basically inevitable at this point, just because it’s been around for so long, and tossed around for a new iPhone so often.
Admittedly, this year does feel a bit different. Those particular rumors feel a bit more adamant this year, and they’ve been echoed on such a regular basis –going as far back as immediately following the launch of the iPhone 7/7 Plus– that if Apple doesn’t include these features it will be more of a surprise than if they do.
It’s the latest rumor that has me more convinced right out of the gate than any of the previous ones, though.
Recently, it was reported that Apple plans on charging quite a bit of money for their 2017 flagship iPhone. That device is oft-rumored to be called the iPhone 8, but it’s even been called the “iPhone X,” too, a name that is certainly eye-catching, even if it does sacrifice the naming scheme the company has been working with for so long. (Is iPhone 8 easier to digest than iPhone X?)
Specifically, the iPhone 8 could cost $1,000 right out of the gate, with the base model, whatever that looks like, tagged with the price. Other variants of the handset could be even more expensive, with bigger storage options forcing potential owners to prepare accordingly. If the report is true, and Apple does plan on hiking up the price of this upcoming flagship smartphone, it’s possible that the most expensive version could cost $1,200.
That’s tough to even look at now, months ahead of any unveiling.
The reasons why Apple would raise the price the iPhone 8 are pretty standard fare. The initial report hinted at the OLED display, which could measure between 5.5 inches and 5.8 inches, is part of the reason why the company will have to charge more for the device. Another report, seemingly corroborating that first one, suggests that the internal design of the handset is actually the culprit, as Apple has to make changes to compensate for wireless charging and the device getting hotter as a result.
I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s both of those things, along with other design decisions that Apple has gone with. The iPhone 8 is rumored to be a feature-heavy device, with a recent report again saying the handset would feature an iris scanner for added security. Throw in an improved dual-camera setup, the wireless charging, an all-glass-and-metal design, OLED edge-to-edge display, more powerful internals, and so on and so forth. There’s a lot going on here, if the rumor mill is to be believed, and Apple is no stranger to charging what it wants for “the experience.” Just look at the new MacBook Pro.
The largest capacity iPhone 7 Plus is just shy of $1,000 — but it still isn’t a grand. The idea that the upcoming flagship iPhone could start at $1,000 and go up from there leaves a strange feeling in my stomach. I guess we should just be happy that the major wireless carriers have adopted installment plans at this point. Though, with such a pricey device, a heavy up-front subsidy might not seem like a bad idea, either, for some customers.
But I’m curious where you stand. Will you even consider spending that much for a new iPhone? Or will you be going with the oft-rumored iPhone 7s/7s Plus (which should be priced similarly to the current-generation iPhone 7/7 Plus) if Apple hikes up the iPhone 8 price?Like this post? Share it!