How much would you spend on a smartphone? You can get older models for a few hundred bucks but the latest and greatest editions will cost you a pretty penny.
A few months ago we heard that the next iPhone would cost over $1,000! The latest rumors confirm that price but does the storage capacity make it worth it?
The iPhone 8 is expected to cost $999 and it will have 64 GB of storage, which is the same capacity as the cheapest model of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. However, those iPad models currently cost $799 and $649, respectively.
The 64GB iPhone is rumored to be the base model. iPhone models tend to be sold with different storage capacity options and the price difference between each is normally $100. A 256GB iPhone 8 model for $1,099 is also expected. For reference, that's the same current capacity and price as one of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.
But wait, there's more! Rumor has that there might even be a 512GB iPhone 8 for $1,199. The MacBook and MacBook Air (smaller screen) also have a 512GB capacity but they cost $1,299 and $999, respectively. A 21.5-inch iMac costs the same amount as the rumored 512GB iPhone 8 but it has twice the capacity.
If all that storage doesn't make spending $1,000 on a phone worth it then maybe these other features will. Here's what we've heard so far:
A leaked photo from the company that mass produces iPhones appears to show a design schematic of a large circular plate that looks like a wireless-charging module. Surrounding the plate is a peculiarly shaped vacant space where an L-shape will fit. Also shown is the front-facing camera module and its sensors and what appears to be a stacked logic board. Click here to see the photo.
The iPhone 8's rumored facial recognition with 3D sensing technology will have several uses, such as advanced augmented and virtual reality. The more widely-used applications are rumored to be unlocking the phone, muting notifications, and activating Apple Pay just by looking at the phone. Click here to learn more about the facial recognition feature.
The iPhone 8 is rumored to have a SmartCamera that can detect the conditions of what's being photographed and adjust the exposure, focus, and shutter speed accordingly. There may also be a “freezeMotion” feature for capturing quickly moving subjects. Plus, a camera that can recognize the subject and record 4K video at 60 frames per second is also a strong possibility. Click here to read more about these camera rumors.
We've seen reports of a 5.8-inch borderless, curved OLED display. Apple might replace the premium model's glass screen with an all-plastic material that will curve all around the smartphone's front. Aside from their flexibility, OLED screens also have pixels that are self-illuminating that do not rely on other light sources like LED screens do.
Another rumor that's making the rounds is about the next iPhone's dust and water resistance. As you can recall, the iPhone 7 currently has an IP67 rating, meaning it has the highest level of dust protection and water immersion protection of up to three feet of fresh water for 30 minutes. The next iPhone 8, however, may be upgraded to an IP68 rating, meaning that it can withstand water immersion for over 30 minutes in up to about five feet of water.
More flashy features:
- Invisible home button - The home button will be embedded into the front glass display.
- No borders on front display - The front surface on next year's iPhone could be all-display, with no bezel.
- Dual-lens camera - The dual-lens camera is currently available only on the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 does not have it. This is said to be the case with next year's models also, the smaller version will not have the dual-lens camera.
**The name change**
Several people speculate that the premium iPhone won't be named the iPhone 8, but the "iPhone X" instead. The X suffix is entirely plausible since this year marks the iPhone's 10th anniversary and X is the Roman numeral for 10. "iPhone Pro" is another rumored name.