After Samsung Galaxy S8 was launched last week, rumour world has now shifted its focus to Apple iPhone. The latest of the lot suggests that the Cupertino-based giant might push the launch of its upcoming iPhone 8 to October or even November if things don’t go by the plan. A report from Economic Daily News suggests that Apple is reportedly facing some technical issues relating to the lamination process of curved OLED panels and delayed adoption of a 3D sensing system. Interestingly, a report previously cited suggested that Apple might come with the iPhone 8 during the same time (September) but with limited quantities.
If this is the case, Apple might lose some key volume of the audience as Google would be out with their Pixel smartphones around that time. Further, a delayed global launch means an even bigger push back for the Indian market as Apple doesn’t normally bring out its devices to India in the first phase.
On the other hand, the reports claiming the upcoming iPhone to be priced above $1000 has now been denied by a UBS analyst Steven Milunovich who claims that the base variant sporting 64GB of internal storage will be priced somewhere between $850 to $900 in the United States. 850 USD converts to Rs 55,100 which is pretty similar to what Samsung Galaxy S8 will retail in the United States. However, the higher 256GB model might hit the price tag of $950 to $1000 making it the first mainstream smartphone to be priced at Rs $1000.
A research note from the Analyst, as obtained by MacRumous read – “Contrary to some perceptions, Apple priced quite competitively. Apple likes to position its entry-level products at the mid-market with “Pro/Plus” products close to competitors at the high end. Therefore, we do not think Apple will stray far from the price point of Samsung’s most expensive model at $840-850 and will keep the entry OLED model at $850-900. Apple’s 256GB OLED model could be $950-1,000, but the 256GB 7 Plus already is $970”
Recollecting previous rumours about the upcoming iPhone from Apple, the US-based multinational is said to be working on a 3D front facing the camera to boost up Augmented Reality in future iPhones. Apple is also expected to bring wireless charging and the famous Touch ID might be placed under the display which was previously touted to be introduced in Samsung Galaxy S8. However, a recent report suggested that Apple might follow the trend and place a fingerprint scanner at the back. Lastly, Apple might as well go ahead and name the upcoming flagship as ‘iPhone Edition’ similar to what the company did with its high-end Apple Watch series.