The iPhone 8 is eagerly anticipated – but it won’t come cheap.
According to The New York Times, the upcoming 10th-anniversary edition of the iPhone will be priced at about $999 (£779, though it’ll most likely cost more in the UK).
The article also mentions the presence of the long-rumoured face scanner, which would replace the fingerprint reader for secure unlocking and mobile payments, as well as inductive charging capabilities.
The current iPhone lineup stretches up to $969 for the highest-end version of the iPhone 7 Plus, featuring 256 GB of internal storage.
Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have three storage options: 32, 128, and 256 GB. The jet black and Product RED colourations eschew the 32 GB model.
AppleInsider recently reported the iPhone 8 would also feature 64, 256, and 512 GB options.
Apple usually charges an extra $100 for each size bump, which would mean a 512 GB iPhone 8 could end up costing about $1,200.
The iPhone 8 is expected to mark the first massive change in design for Apple’s smartphone since 2014’s iPhone 6, which moved the baseline model from 4 inches to 4.7 inches. The 5.5-inch Plus version was also introduced.
Though it was a new entry in the iPhone’s “tick” cycle – where a new model follows an updated S model, in this case the iPhone 6S – last year’s iPhone 7 lineup largely retained the previous models’ design, moving the antenna bands and tweaking the camera’s outline.
For the special-edition iPhone – expected to come alongside the refreshed iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus – Apple could remove the traditional home button to make way for an OLED display that would cover nearly all of the phone’s front.
The back will reportedly return to glass and feature a new camera system with two lenses atop each other rather than aligned horizontally.
You can expect to hear more soon about Apple’s upcoming hardware event.