Apple aims to pull out all the stops with a huge, curvy 5.8-inch iPhone 8 this year – but it’s going to cost you, analysts have warned.
The iPhone 8 is widely expected to be a ‘reboot’ of iPhone with new technologies such as a curved OLED screen – but it could cost more than $1,000, an analyst has said.
In Britain, that could mean that the 256GB is nudging the £900 mark – or even higher.
Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski said in a note to investors, ‘’The first $1,000 iPhone can drive meaningful upside.
‘The bottom line is that we are raising our 2018 estimates further above consensus. We think the higher demand for the larger (5.8″) form factor will be supported by the fact that the iPhone 8 will have compelling new features not available in the smaller form factor.’
This year’s iPhone 8 is expected to be a total reinvention for the gadget which has turned Apple into one of the world’s most powerful companies.
Earlier this year, Nikkei Asian Review reported that Apple has ordered 70 million OLED screens from Samsung – an all-new screen technology with deeper blacks and brighter colours.
The screen is also expected to be curved at the edges, like on Samsung’s flagship S8 handset, according to previous analyst reports.
‘Apple has ordered 70 million units of OLED panels from Samsung this year, while Samsung is preparing to churn out as many as 95 million for Apple in 2017, in case demand exceeds expectations,’ David Hsieh of HSI Markit.