The iPhone 8 could arrive later than expected and cost under $1000

midian182

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If a recent report is to be believed, Apple fans may have a reason to be thankful for the Galaxy S8+. It seems the upcoming iPhone 8 could be cheaper than expected - an attempt to put it in a similar price bracket as Samsung’s handset.

It’s been widely reported that Apple’s next flagship iPhone will cost upwards of $1000, but in a report from global financial services firm UBS (obtained by MacRumors), analyst Steven Milunovich believes the 64GB base model could start at $850 to $900.

Milunovich says the fact the iPhone 8 will have a smaller display than Samsung’s new device has forced Apple to rethink its pricing strategy, pushing the cheapest version of the iPhone 8 closer to the S8+’s $840-$850 price.

There may still be a $1000+ iPhone 8, but this will be the top-tier, 256GB model. Additionally, Milunovich says Apple’s other two upcoming handsets, likely named the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, will start at around $649 and $749, respectively.

Contrary to some perceptions, Apple prices quite competitively. Apple likes to position its entry-level products at the mid-market with "Pro/Plus" products close to competitors at the high end. Therefore, we do not think Apple will stray far from the price point of Samsung's most expensive model at $840-850 and will keep the entry OLED model at $850-900. Apple's 256GB OLED model could be $950-1,000, but the 256GB 7 Plus already is $970.

In other iPhone 8 news, it’s rumored that the smartphone may not be ready in time for the expected September launch date. A report from the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) says problems with the switch from LCD to OLED screens is causing the delay, which could see the phones pushed back to October or even November.

“Technical issues related to the lamination process of curved OLED panels, and the adoption of a 3D sensing system may cause the delay of the new iPhone devices,” states the paper.

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Bryan1223

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I highly doubt Apple will create an iOS and/or iPhone/iPad that has an iOS that runs and resembles the Apple Watch OS. It just doesn't seem likely. Nor do I believe that the rumor that Apple will replace their Lightning charger/cable with USB-C charger/cable that many Apple fans (AKA iFans) and many Apple haters have speculated on since Android switched their Micro-USB Charger/cable to the new USB-C.

I do hope Apple does ditch the dongle and finds a way to bring back the headphone jack hole though.
 

MonsterZero

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An $850 phone that still doesn't have expandable storage, what a waste of money.

Also if that logo on the back actually lights up, there goes half your battery life.
 

Bryan1223

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An $850 phone that still doesn't have expandable storage, what a waste of money.

Also if that logo on the back actually lights up, there goes half your battery life.
I'm sure if/when Apple brings the light up logo from the MacBooks (which are no longer on the new MacBooks anymore) they'd come up with a way that it wouldn't cause the battery to drain easily due to said light up logo, they made and used that mentioned technology on their MacBooks (the ones that had the light up logo) now why did they remove the light up logo on the latest version of MacBooks? I don't know, probably due to financial planning or quite possibly because they wanted to make the MacBooks as slim and as thin as possible to make it more presentable and lightweight without risking the durability of the device. Now, that being said; yes Apple has had their "flaws" when it comes to their glass technology, but that is not their fault, it's simply just that we are not quite at the age (per say) of technology development and/or thereof the development of the materials to create a material, in this case a glass screen, that does not crack/break or shatter. Glass is, no mater how thick or thin, very fragile and until we as humans can find a way to bypass this flaw of fraleness for glass itself and do so at an inexpensive way. Technology in itself is always advancing at the same pace as we do as humans. Technology has evolved over the course of time. It always gets better, it always tries to perfect itself to our wants and needs. But WE do that ourselves. Yes we have robots that assemble other technology for example Apple products but since humans are not 100% perfect then therefore the technology we develop will not be either. In many ways humans and technology are the same and are different. And we rely on each other. Technology is made by humans to make other humans' lives better and since we have robots now we have technology to help us create technology. But again technology is not 100% perfect meaning we ourselves are not perfect nor will we ever. Steve Jobs the creator of Apple Inc. wanted ALL technology to be revolutionary and simple to use. but unfortunately the state of technology we live in today is not quite what he envisioned it to be. Now that Steve Jobs is dead, Apple is struggling to envision what he had wanted for his company and its technology. Again this is not our fault. Humans make mistakes it is in our nature to do so since God created Adam and Eve; He knew Adam and Eve would eat the forbidden fruit. That's why He made it, that's why He told them about it so we can learn from our mistakes. But mistakes can reoccur. Take for instance Samsung's battery exploding, they recalled the Samsung Galaxy Note (# whatever) but not long after they ran into yet another battery exploding epidemic. Our technology is only capable of what we are and what we give it. That being said we sometimes give it our mistakes by accident.
 
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