When the iPhone X came out, no one understood how anyone could pay more than $1,000 for a smartphone. Now it surprises no one, and Apple can safely raise the price for “high-end features.
Analysts at TrendForce believe that Apple will take several steps to make the devices more attractive and increase their value. The new iPhones with OLED screens are expected to support the Apple Pencil stylus, as well as adding a new storage capacity of 512GB.
As for the stylus, don’t jump to conclusions. First, it’s still a rumor, and second, the Apple Pencil’s functions will likely be limited. It can be used for notes, and drawing will not be as convenient as on the iPad.
Using the Apple Pencil might be handy on the 6.5-inch model, but remember how long the stylus is. In your pocket it will not fit, as experience shows, it is better to carry it in your bag (well, or build some sheath on the belt). Perhaps Apple will make the stylus support just for the ticker – here it is and that’s all, Samsung is wrong.
There will be a new 512GB storage capacity in models with an OLED screen. At the same time the old 64GB and 256GB formats will not be abandoned. TrendForce believes that even if the iPhones with 512 GB of memory will not be sold out in large numbers, Apple will make good money on them. These models will have 4 GB of RAM.
The budget iPhone 9, judging by numerous rumors, will have a design similar to the iPhone X. It will be sold with 64 or 256 GB of internal memory and 3 GB of RAM. Recall that sales of the iPhone 9 will be delayed by 2 months: manufacturers have had problems with the cutout, which causes uneven light dispersion across the screen.
The iPhone 9 is expected to cost between $699 and $749. That’s pretty adequate for Apple devices, although Min-Chi Kuo said that the starting price tag of the budget-friendly device is $600. It remains to be seen who will be right – we won’t know until the fall.
Models with OLED screens will be more expensive by $200 – TrendForce believes the price for the base model will be $899 or $949, despite the fact that the current iPhone X costs $999. Analysts say Apple was able to achieve a price reduction without hurting profits by using cheaper parts.