Apple just announced a new iPhone that costs $1,000 to start. Cue the outrage!
- Business Insider
Yes, $1,000 is an outrageously high price for what is functionally similar to the smartphone you have in your pocket. If you’re anything like me, you probably balked at the new phone’s price.
But there’s a crucial message Apple wasn’t quite so loud about during its big iPhone party last week: The iPhone line is wide-ranging and offers several different options for different people.
I loved the design of the iPhone 5 and don’t want to pay over $500 for a phone – the iPhone SE, as it turns out, is perfect for me at just $350.
Perhaps you prefer the look of the newer, rounder iPhones? There are several options for you as well, all the way up to Apple’s soon-to-be-released iPhone X. Take a look at the full lineup:
1. iPhone SE, starting at $350 — the Honda Civic of iPhones.
- Business Insider/Steve Kovach
Think of Apple’s iPhone SE as the entry-level iPhone. It looks like an iPhone 5, with a slightly harder-edged design than the newer, curvier iPhones. To that end, it has a smaller screen than every other iPhone available – its 4-inch screen seems adorably small when compared to the iPhone X’s 5.8-inch one.
That’s where the limitations end.
The iPhone SE has the same guts as an iPhone 6S, and a camera that’s comparable in quality to any major smartphone. It has the same base amount of storage (32 GB) as the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7. It runs the same version of iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, as every new iPhone.
Best of all: It has a headphone jack, which either doesn’t matter to you at all or is of tantamount importance. And did I mention it starts at $350? That’s an insanely good price for such a powerful little smartphone.
2. iPhone 6S, starting at $450 — the Nissan Maxima of iPhones.
For those willing to spend an extra hundo, the iPhone 6S is a fantastically powerful iPhone that looks nearly identical to even the newest iPhone models.
Yes, the iPhone 8 has an all-glass design now. And yes, the iPhone X is, like, 90% screen (except for that weird little notch). But the iPhone 6S is a gorgeous, futuristic-looking device that costs far less than its only slightly more capable descendants.
For an extra $100 over the iPhone SE, you get the new-model design with the old-school convenience of a headphone jack. That’s right – the iPhone 6S is the last iPhone model to include the headphone jack. Again, that’s either hugely important to you or meaningless. For those of you to whom it matters, this is the one to buy.
The other iPhone options are where we enter the upper tier of luxury items.
3. iPhone 7, starting at $550 — the BMW 5 Series of iPhones.
- Hollis Johnson/Business Insider
The iPhone 7 is expensive starting at $550, but it’s still cheaper than much of the competition. Its pricing is dead in the middle on the spectrum of iPhones, though it’s an extremely powerful smartphone.
The iPhone 7 is also an outrageously pretty device and the first iPhone to introduce some of the more futuristic-looking iPhone features:
• It removed the headphone jack for the first time, pushing users toward either Bluetooth headphones or the optional dongle attachment.
• It replaced the traditional home button with a virtual one that feels like a normal button.
• It added splash resistance, once again enabling friends to push each other into swimming pools.
• It swapped the Apple A9 processor that powers the iPhone SE and iPhone 6S for the newer Apple A10 chip.
If you’re looking for a more expensive, more powerful, slightly different-looking iPhone – but not looking to go bananas – the iPhone 7 is for you.
4. iPhone 8, starting at $700 — the Porsche 911 of iPhones.
We’re officially deep into luxury territory when it comes to the iPhone 8. At $700 to start, it’s an expensive device, no matter what way you cut it.
Apple’s making some major changes in the newest iPhone model – most strikingly, an all-glass design:
The chip inside is Apple’s newest – the A11 Bionic – which also powers the new iPhone X.
The iPhone 8 sets another new iPhone precedent by including 64 GB of storage space as the base level and adding wireless charging. The iPhone X also reflects these new standards.
Perhaps you’re on Apple’s yearly upgrade program? Or you just like living on the bleeding edge of Apple’s iPhone line? Maybe you’re Beyoncé? The iPhone 8 might be for you.
5. iPhone X, starting at $1,000 — you’re buying a Ferrari. Congratulations!
- Business Insider
The iPhone X – pronounced “ten,” like the Roman numeral, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the iPhone – is what Apple CEO Tim Cook says will “set the path for technology for the next decade.”
It’s a new iPhone that starts at $1,000, and it doesn’t arrive until November. (The iPhone 8 starts shipping on Friday.) Just like how Apple got rid of the headphone jack with the iPhone 7, the iPhone X makes moves toward removing the rest of the phone that isn’t a screen – the home button has been outright removed, as have much of the bezels around the screen. Apple doesn’t even want you using the Lightning port for charging, as it has wireless charging as a standard function, just like the iPhone 8.
There is only one model of the iPhone X in terms of screen size: a 5.8-inch behemoth that resembles an iPhone 8 Plus more than anything else. The display itself is a big deal, as it uses OLED technology.
And that notch at the top of the screen? It’s a set of sensors used for identifying faces – instead of a fingerprint-based security system, the iPhone X scans your face. Really.
Everything about the iPhone X sounds expensive – it’s like explaining that a Ferrari has hand-stitched seats.
And thus, so it is: The iPhone X is a $1,000 phone that millions of people will buy – a far less expensive version of a Ferrari, no doubt, but a Ferrari in spirit nonetheless.