Posted by Bryan Liu

Apple announced its iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X on September 12 last year. As the creature of habit, it means Apple will bring us new iPhone soon. But unlike the period when iPhone X was going to be released which produced a lot of rumors and leaks, there is little information floating around before the next generation comes out. With the iPhone X price breaking the limit of $1000, many people were speculating whether anyone was willing to pay for it. It turns out, yes! There were millions of people replacing their old phone with iPhone X—that is the glamour of creative high-tech! Then here comes another question — how much will be the next iPhone (2018)? Here are some our speculations. 

Some analysts and experts claimed that Apple supposedly had plans to release 3 different iPhone in 2018 — with 5.28 inch, 5.85 inch and 6.46 inch screen. If this is not just rumors, then how much it will cost to afford one of them. Apple’s iPhone always has a higher price than other mobile phones as its trustworthy quality and unique design, so there is no doubt that the iPhone 9 (as most people call it so far) will set you back a pretty penny.

Past patterns are the best indicators of future events. To speculate the price of the next iPhone, we can go back and observe the pricing strategy of old iPhones. 

 For reference, please see the table below.

 

iPhoneX

iPhone8+

iPhone8

iPhone7+

iPhone7

iPhone6s+

iPhone6s

Starting price

$999

$799

$699

$769

$649

$649

$549

Capacity

64/256GB

64/256GB

64/256GB

32/128/256GB

32/128/256GB

32/128GB

32/128GB

Display

5.8inch

5.5inch

4.8inch

5.5inch

4.7inch

5.5inch

4.7inch

Chip

A11

A11

A11

A10

A10

A9

A9

Phone unlock

Face ID

Touch ID

Touch ID

Touch ID

Touch ID

Touch ID

Touch ID

Wireless charging

Support

Support

Support

Not

support

Not

support

Not

support

Not support

Camera

12MP dual camera

12MP

12MP

12MP

12MP

12MP

12MP

By comparisons among recently released iPhones, we can easily understand why iPhone X mada breakthrough in the price. You get what you pay for. iPhone X came with updated processor, bigger edge-to-edge screen, wireless charging, Face ID, the highest resolution and a longer battery life — almost everything bringing you convenience and splendid experience you can get from an iPhone X. However, will iPhone 9 be the sequel of iPhone X? If this is the case, then we guess that it may cost around $1000 or higher to afford one. But there are underlying chances that Apple could turn back and adopt some old features like Touch ID, thus it is also likely it will be prices somewhere between $699 and $799 — a price closer to iPhone8 and 8+.

Apple could throw us a curveball and completely switch up its usual schedule, giving us a major surprise with the company’s advanced technology. And then you could expect a new iPhone cost as high as $1200 for the base model like some farfetched rumors predicated. There is no clear answer to this question before the next generation unveiling. But still there seems one thing can be sure — the next iPhone is unlikely to have a price lower than iPhone8/8+ as maintaining price is a usual strategy used by Apple.

Although there is not such a high expectation for iPhone 9 as that to iPhone X, you may still be very interested in information about the next iPhone generation, especially if you tend to change you old iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 to a new one. You can expect to see Apple announce its iPhone 9 on mid-September if it is going to follow the tradition, with the phone hitting the shelves on the September 21. You can click to jump into the Macworld where you can read every latest rumor of the next iPhone.

No one knows exactly how much the next iPhone will be until the day when it is released. Therefore, we would like to recommend you take all the pricing information we mentioned above with a grain of salt. How much do you think the next iPhone will cost?