2017 happens to be the year that Apple’s most popular product -- the iPhone -- turns a decade old. That is why industry watchers, Apple’s fans, and even casual consumers believe that the tech giant will be releasing a super higher spec iPhone model later this year. As reported by Fast Company, Apple is said to be planning to launch three new smartphone offerings a few months from now -- namely, the iPhone 7s, an incremental model that comes in 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch variants, and a bigger, even more pricey phablet model at 5.8 inches (likely the iPhone 8) that sports an edge to edge organic light emitting diode (OLED) display screen and perhaps some other really cool features. To mark a special occasion such as the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, it is quite possible that Apple may go as far as naming its high end smartphone as the iPhone X.
For sure, with great features come great pricing, and there is talk that this ultra high end will be priced at more than a thousand bucks. Before you panic, it is worth noting that today’s iPhones are already close to that mark. For instance, an unlocked iPhone 7 Plus with top heavy specifications already fetches $969.
As for a $1,000 iPhone, there is probably a good and valid reason for that pricing. Many believe that it is because of the rumored OLED display screen (and there is even speculation that it is going to be curved), and the report published by Fast Company appears to reinforce that particular idea.
It is no secret that producing smartphone devices with OLED display screens cost more, at least compared to handsets with LCD displays. For Apple, building an OLED iPhone may be twice as costly as producing any of the previous models. Moreover, extra care must be taken in manufacturing these screens, and so far, only Samsung’s OLED displays have passed Apple’s exacting standards. Also, it is certainly not easy producing a smartphone that, instead of offering a physical Home button, sports a different kind of Home button that is built in directly to the display itself.
Furthermore, Fast Company’s report also states that Apple has struck a partnership with Lumentum, whose 3D sensing tech will probably be incorporated into this year’s new high end iPhone. Nobody knows yet what this will bring -- speculation ranges from enhanced image capturing capabilities to improved augmented reality features or even facial recognition.
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