The Price of the Apple iPhone 6 could be a lot more expensive August 25, 2014 11:26
We have one big reality about the new iPhone 6 that Apple fans might not be so excited about: It might be the priciest iPhone version yet.
A lot of people expect the so-called iPhone 6 to be a total overhaul of the 5S, totally packed with many new features that could push costs through the roof. Back in May, Tech analyst Bobby Todd said Apple was negotiating with the carriers to increase the price of the iPhone 6 by $100.00 compared to the iPhone 5s, which starts at $199.00 with contract.
Meanwhile, TechSavy says the new phone could cost more than $850.00 without a contract. That's double what the original iPhone cost back in 2007, when it wasn't subsidized by 2-year contracts. The 5S starts at $659 without contract.
Since the original iPhone 3G was unveiled in 2008, new versions of Apple's smartphone have started at $199 with a contract*. So a leap to $299.00 would be pretty big.
Before you get bummed out, remember: We don't know for sure when the iphone is hitting the shelves. Apple has an event planned for September 9 where it's expected the new iPhone model will be unveiled. But on Thursday more rumors swirled that the launch could be delayed to other causes.
However, many expect the phone to be a massive overhaul of the previous iPhone model. Here are some features that could drive the price up:
1. The Size
The new Apple iPhone is expected to come in 2 larger sizes -- 4.7 and 5.5 inch -- a big step up from the current 4 inch glass screen. The extra size is supposed to cost more, but the 5.5 inch iPhone model is where a price increase is the most likely. That may mean the new Apple iPhone will feature a larger battery. Some Apple patents also suggest the phone will be a bit thinner. Bigger screen + bigger battery + thinner = More Money.
2. The Materials
One of the loudest Apple iPhone 6 rumors out there: the new Apple iphone's screen may be made of a new material called sapphire crystal. This is Relatively rare in phones, the material is supposedly much stronger & more scratch resistant than Apple's previous Gorilla glass versions -- Apple iPhone already uses it to cover the fingerprint sensor & camera on its Apple iPhone 5S. It’s not clear whether all the models of the Apple iPhone will feature the new material, but it’s estimated the sapphire will cost Apple $15.00 per phone more to make, compared to $4.00 for glass, The TechMaster Journal reports.
3. The Processor
The Apple iPhone 6 is also getting a rumored upgrade in the processor speed. The Apple iphone could include a new A8 chip that will feature the frequencies of 2.1 GHz or even more, compared to the iPhone 5S' 1.4Ghz A7 processor it currently has.
however, not everyone’s convinced the iPhone 6 will be pricier, just rumors as of now. kgNet and Marles say a 4.7 inch 32GB model will remain confined to Apple’s $199 pricing schemes.
*The iPhone 5C is the only exception. The cheaper model was unveiled at $99 with contract last year.