Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone is set to be its best yet, with plenty of high-end changes coming to the lineup. According to a new report by Fast Company, the iPhone 8 will also come with a price tag to match, with an expected asking price of over $1,000 said to be on the table.

That would make the new phone more expensive than any iPhone 7 that is currently available, and will be quite the pill for potential buyers to swallow.

According to the report, Apple will launch the device later this year, and goes on to confirm previous claims that there will be multiple iPhones made available at the time. It looks increasingly likely that a pair of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s handsets will be released with a 5.8-inch iPhone 8 going on sale alongside them. It’s this device that is set to get all the attention and the huge price tag to go with it.

An all-metal and glass construction is said to be on the cards for the flagship device, with even the hardware volume up/down buttons said to likely be replaced with touch-sensitive versions instead. A curved screen similar to that of the Galaxy S7 Edge is also a possibility.

Also part of the report is news of new 3D imaging technology being used from Lumentum, and while no application for the technology has been confirmed, it’s possible the sensor will be used for authentication of a user’s face, or a similar implementation.

Our source says Apple has been working with Lumentum (formed when JDS Uniphase split in 2014) on 3D-sensing technology for the new high-end phone. It remains unclear how the technology will be applied, however. It could be used to recognize the user’s face for authentication. It could also be used in the camera to provide better image resolution. It could even be used in some form of augmented reality application, according to our source.

iPhone 8 concept by Thadeu Brandão

Fast Company also posited that the new iPhones will go on sale sooner than the now-familiar September launch cadence that the iPhone has followed since 2012.

(Source: Fast Company)

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