Are you looking forward to the iPhone 8 series? After all, it’s the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone, so you know Apple is cooking something special.
According to MacRumors and other sites, the higher-end version of Apple’s next iPhone could have a 5.8-inch AMOLED edge-to-edge display (shorter than the 6.2-inch display on S8+), a glass body, and a fingerprint scanner under the screen. The iPhone already runs faster than any Android smartphone, but the new high-end version, in particular, is said to run Apple’s faster A11 chip. The highest-end version of the iPhone 8 could have some augmented reality features as well.
If that makes you excited, there may be just one problem. As MacRumors points out, reliable analysts believe that the cheapest version of the 64GB OLED version of the iPhone 8 Plus will cost about $1000, and the 128GB one will cost $1199. It is believed that there won’t be a 32GB version of the iPhone this time around. To date, Apple’s most costly smartphone is the $969 iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB storage.
For some, that may not matter. If you are on a monthly plan, you’ll pay slightly more than you did with the previous iPhone. If you are on T-Mobile’s JUMP plan, one which allows you to upgrade your phone at least twice a year, you may pay more for taxes at the beginning and have slightly higher monthly costs, but that can change once you trade it in six months later. The cost most likely won’t be a disability to Apple.
As difficult as it is to say, the increased $100 to $150 price tag for the OLED iPhone might be reasonable. Not only do OLED screens cost more to make, but the camera, which is said to be even better than that on the iPhone 7 Plus (that one is already perfect), will cost more to produce as well. In addition, Apple is adding wireless charging features. Then, there will hopefully be Apple Pencil support, but don’t expect Apple to include their stylus in the package.
It’s quite possible that prices in the secondary market will be even more astronomical. According to sources such as 9To5Mac, Apple has experienced many delays and production difficulties with the new iPhone. Because of this, consumers may have to wait until November or December to purchase the phone, which will likely have a limited release. You can bet some people will be buying the new iPhone just so they can sell it on eBay.
If all of this is a turnoff to you, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ with 64GB storage has a price tag of $850. Then again, if you are interested in Samsung’s latest smartphone, you may want to wait a couple more months until the Note 8 is released. We will have more on that very soon!