Survey reveals $1000 is too much money for iPhone 8

| Aug 12, 2017, 02.59PM IST
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It's perhaps a $1000-dollar question - how much is too much for an iPhone? If Barclays clients are to be believed then $1000 - the expected price range - for Apple's new iPhone is too much for the smartphone. According to a report by CNBC, Barclays conducted a survey in which only 11 per cent respondents said they would pay $1000 for the iPhone.

7 'confirmed' features of Apple iPhone 8

7 'confirmed' features of Apple iPhone 8

Apple will be launching its tenth anniversary iPhone this year. The speculations about the likely features and specifications of the upcoming smartphones have kept the tech grapevine churning for months now. Recently, Apple unveiled the latest version of its mobile operating system iOS 11. The software update coming to iPhones and iPads also gives some clues about iPhone 8's features. Other than these, CEO of Wistron, a contract manufacturer of Apple devices, too inadvertently revealed some details about the upcoming iPhones. Based on these, here are 7 'confirmed' features of Apple iPhone 8.

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) will play a big role in the upcoming Apple iPhone 8. Apple made some big announcements related to AR for the upcoming iOS 11 at the recent WWDC conference. The company announced its own AR development platform (ARKit), which means that developers can create AR apps well in time for iPhone 8. It is likely that by the time the smartphone launches in September, Apple developers will be ready with several AR-based apps.

Dual-rear cameras

Although Apple has revealed nothing about the dual-rear camera setup, guessing it's inclusion with the upcoming iPhone 8 is easy. This is as Apple has already brought such camera technology with the iPhone 7 Plus last year. AR apps will also be able to make good use of the dual-rear cameras.

Homepod integration

Apple recently unveiled HomePod, its answer to Amazon's Echo and Google Home. Shipping later this year, the pill-shaped speaker will very likely have support for Apple iPhone 8. Though the company didn't go much into the details, iPhone 8-HomePod integration appears integral part of Apple's home computing ambitions.

Wireless charging

Yes, iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging. This has reportedly been revealed by Robert Hwang, CEO of Taiwan-based iPhone assembler Wistron. "Assembly process for the previous generations of (iPhones) have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit," Hwang reportedly told reporters during a shareholders' meeting. Wistron is said to have recently started assembling iPhone SE units at its plant in Karnataka, India.

Water resistant, glass back panel

Besides confirming the wireless charging feature, Wistron CEO also revealed that the upcoming smartphones will have water-resistant design. Since the smartphone will come with wireless charging, analysts believe that it is likely to sport a glass or a plastic back panel for hinder-free connection.


With iPhone 8, Apple is quite likely to take its NFC support beyond Apple Pay. The company's all-new iOS 11 Beta adds support for Core NFC, which as per release notes is described as "a new framework for reading Near Field Communications (NFC) tags and data in NFC Data Exchange Format." This means new NFC chip may read more tags than just Apple Pay tags. Users may be able to pair the Apple Watch with the iPhone using NFC. It could also be used for online payments at stores.

Siri may do a lot more

Apple didn't reveal much about the new features coming to Siri during its WWDC conference. This has led to the speculation that users may have lot more to do on Siri in iPhone 8. The glimpse of the improved AI seen at WWDC 2017 conference during the iOS 11 launch too hints at the same. Siri will able to translate languages in real time and will will be fluent in carrying out other commands as well.

In the past, Apple has consistently raised prices of its iPhone every year and people have lapped them without any major complaints. The new iPhone - expected to be called iPhone 8 - is expected to be launched in September. Although many reports and rumours have gone back and forth on the launch date of the iPhone. As expected, Apple has held all the cards close to its chest about pricing, availability and launch. It's worth noting that the iPhone 7 plus which is the high-end Apple variant in the market currently costs over $1000.

With features like OLED panel, facial recognition, edge-to-edge display, it is widely expected that the new iPhone will cost above $1000. KGI Securities Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had earlier last week revealed that Apple will make two to four million units available at the time of the launch. The lineup of new Apple iPhones is expected to include the iPhone 8, iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7S plus. While the iPhone 8 could be available in limited quantity, other models might not face the issue. Reports have confirmed that the iPhone 8's production will be ramped up to 45 million to 50 million units later this year.

As for Barclays survey, what will please Apple - and other smartphone manufacturers as well -- perhaps is that 85 per cent of the survey respondents are comfortable with forking out more money for new generation smartphones. Still, the $1000 price tag for the new iPhone does sound a bit much, if not too outrageous.

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