Although most of the rumors we’ll be hearing over the next couple of weeks will likely tread on old ground, the fact that we’ve official confirmation of the iPhone 6 event places renewed emphasis on whatever is divulged. For example, it has long since been suggested that Apple’s next-gen iPhone will be pricier than the current-generation iPhone 5s, but with carriers now coming through with figures for the retail run of the fruit company’s impending handset, we perhaps didn’t realize just how much more it will be costing.
As per a report over at MovilZona, Telefonica has slipped that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will sell for 750 Euros, while the more sizeable, 5.5-inch model will start at a whopping 950 euros. It’s quite an investment, in spite of what we’re hearing about the increase in real estate, bumped processor and all of the other features, and given that the base-level iPhone 5s is priced at $649 in the U.S. (albeit sans tax), it appears that the next big thing out of Cupertino will be a very expensive acquisition.
Earlier today, one analyst suggested that a lower-end variant of the iPhone 6 will include a Gorilla Glass panel as opposed to the sapphire glass we’ve heard about continually, although it is unclear to which version Telefonica’s numbers relate. Nevertheless, the take-home message seems to be that the iPhone 6 won’t only be the arguably the best we’ve seen to date, but also, by some margin, the priciest.
Given that Telefonica is still in discussion with Apple, there are certainly no guarantees associated with this report, but for those hoping to grab the upgraded model at the same cost as the current iPhone 5s, it’s a bit of a downer.
As well as the small matter of the two new smartphones, Apple will apparently roll out its first major wearable in the form of the iWatch, although like the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, general availability is not anticipated until at least October.
The fact that Apple has opted to host the keynote at the larger-capacity Flint Center for the Performing Arts as opposed to the Yerba Buena suggests that this will be an event to remember, and so be sure to join us on the day for news of each announcement as it arrives.
(Source: MovilZona [Google Translate])