Like death and taxes, another thing in life that we all can’t stop doing is talking about what the new Apple iPhone 8 might look like, and how it may operate.
For the past few months, there have been conceptual drawings based off of leaked information, along with rumors of patents and design secrets that have led many to wonder what Apple has in store for their latest smart phone’s release—which will be sometime, officially, around September of this year.
Well, a new leak has been circling the Internet in recent days that has people both excited and, more than anything, wondering just how expensive the iPhone 8 may cost, with speculation that it could carry a $1,000-plus price tag, per Forbes.
In a new report obtained by 9to5Mac, KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will finally introduce wireless charging across its upcoming iPhone ranges.
Furthermore Kuo reiterated that there will be three new iPhones in 2017: two incremental ‘iPhone 7S’ upgrades and an all new OLED iPhone 8 / iPhone X introduced to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone.
The downside? Kuo says the introduction of wireless charging will lead to price hikes.
So, yeah, while we’ve all been anticipating some incredible, state-of-the-art features from the iPhone 8, it won’t come on the cheap because of the cost of production.
We detailed some of the apparent iPhone 8 features a few weeks ago, but here’s a quick refresher for what to, potentially, look for:
- Three (not two) premium 2017 iPhone models will be launched, including a new flagship 5.8-inch model
- All three new models will switch to glass unibody chassis
- Wireless charging will be introduced across the range (thanks to the conductivity in their glass chassis)
- LCD screens replaced by thinner, brighter, more efficient OLED panels
- Apple will remove the iPhone’s iconic home button in 2017 – a change that will first be shown off on new iPads introduced during the first quarter
- A smaller size of the 2017 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, with Apple introducing a 5.8-inch model that will be no bigger than the current 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus
All of these changes would make the iPhone 8 one-of-a-kind and way ahead of its competition. Unfortunately, Kuo is quick to remind everyone that the additional features carry a luxurious uptick in price.
Kuo explains that, because of the wireless charging component creates a lot of heat, Apple is forced to add a graphite layer to protect the 3D Touch sensor behind the screen, with extra precaution also necessary because of the “All Glass” design. Due to all those factors, both Kuo—and a recent report from Fast Company—believe the iPhone 8 will exceed the $1,000 price point for the first time ever.
This is a significant increase, so Apple would be taking a major risk—especially given many people’s love to bash the company—but, if everything reported is true, it’s difficult to imagine the iPhone 8 not being a most-wanted gadget in 2017, per usual.