Apple has received its fair share of flak and praise for every iteration of the iPhone, mainly due to their willingness to take big risks (case in point: the disappearing headphone jack). The rumor mill has been alive and well since the iPhone 7 came out, and the latest hot goss on the iPhone 8 (7S?) is bad news for your wallet.
KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, probably the most famous and reliable Apple analyst out there, pretty much confirmed we’ll see wireless charging in this year’s iPhone. Unfortunately, there’s a big, pricey downside. In that same report, Kuo said that along with this new feature, we’re going to see a pretty drastic price hike.
Because of the extra heat that the wireless charging component generates inside the phone, Apple has had to add a graphite layer to contain the heat so users don’t feel the difference. So what’s the cost of such a fabulous new phone — with features we’ve been waiting on FOREVER? Drum roll, please…
Probably somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000. Wowza. That’s nearly as much as a base model MacBook Pro (sans Touch Bar). But the new price point is unlikely to deter devoted fans, and if Apple does a good enough job wowing everyone with the new phone, it’s likely Apple will even see some new fans. And if the cost of wireless charging — which, let’s face it, there are already cases that let you do that — is too high, it sounds like we’ll be getting two 8/7S models, which will likely be a lot cheaper.
Keep in mind, none of this has been confirmed by Apple and we won’t know for certain until this fall when the new handset is released.
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(h/t Forbes, photos via Chesnot/Getty + Getty)