Analyst: iPhone 6 might cost up to $100 more than previous models

There has been no shortage of Apple rumors over the past few weeks, and for good reason. Last week an analyst hinted at some supposed features of the upcoming smartphone, including a larger 5.5 inch, 1920x1080 screen and a more efficient battery. But these features may come at a cost: If Jefferies analyst Peter Misek is to be believed, the iPhone 6 might cost up to $100 more than its predecessors.

Misek says carriers were initially wary of the potential price increase, but soon warmed up to the idea after consideration that no other "game-changing" devices would be released in 2014. "We think this general lack of differentiation could be the reason why Apple may be able to get a price increase," Misek said, "and carriers realize that the iPhone 6 will likely be the only headline-worthy high-end phone launched this year and that they will lose subs if they do not offer it."

Misek's claims should be taken with a grain of salt, however. He has a spotty track record when it comes to Apple predictions, and while many of his predictions were right, just as many were wrong. The only way to know the price of the iPhone 6 for certain is to wait for Apple to tell us.

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From Jony Ive: "We here at Apple are dedicated to innovating our phones. Our new, thinner screen and cool polycarbonate cover thing is really, really innovative, and we know that it definitely justifies taking more money from our users, and releasing an ENTIRELY NEW PHONE. This phone will change the world. Introducing the IPhone 6.1S Beta Edition.

A year later:
This, the IPhone 6.2S Alpha Founder's Collector's Edition will change the world.

One more year later:
IPhone. 'Nuff said.

Bleh. Whatever floats their boat. Not buying one even if it was $100 cheaper. I don't think it will sell well in many markets. I got an iPhone from work and although it seemed cool at first I've been looking at all the new Lumias again a lot lately. Neither iOS nor Android excites me personally (Android especially has become complete bloat - hate my wife's HTC One X or whatever model it is)...

The Lemmings will pay whatever Apple tells them to.

Honestly they must sit back and laugh all the way to the Bank.

iPhone when introduced, was "a status symbol" for the crazy keep up with the Jones' types. Not everyone could afford, want, or figure out why they "needed" one. That has changed. About the only people you see with a "flip phone" are older, mostly retired types, or Agent Gibbs on NCIS lol.
With every manufacturer selling smartphones, phablet etc, the cost premium of Apple isn't what it once was.
Unless Apple has something up its sleeve, that will create the kind of buzz the 07 version of the iphone did, about the only people that will pay the premium, are the same keep up with the Jones' types, foolish types with too much money, and the Fanboys. I'm still using my 2+ year old Galaxy Note. It's stable, still quite fast running 4.1.2 Android. Would I like to have a newer device? Yep, but I buy full retail, off contract (this one was 574.00 off Amazon), use straight talk. Now, if you want a top of the line premium device with similar screen size, you have to pay 700 or MORE. Not gonna do it. IF the specs hold out true and it isn't all a bunch of hype the Oneplus One, appears to be the next device for my usage pattern. At less than 400 (so they say), for me, it would be perfect. I could almost buy two, for the price of a iphone, Galaxy S5 or similar. Why? Oh because it is a (insert brand). If build quality and reliability are the same, why pay a premium just for a stupid name?

Personally I hate metal phone, the screen breaks to easily on those. I see and hear so many people getting their screen changed from iPhone, their even people that to that on the side. My friend does it and he have a couple of clients a month. I dropped my plastic android phones so many time and I never had a broken screen..

According to Apple the formula of the price for the new iPhone is:
2 * components + [price for the best mobile OS of the entire world / (sin^2 (x) + cos^2 (x))] + (magic factor you get for not having issues, viruses or other nuances) ^ 3

it will sit between being over expensive but not so much that will make you a hipster for buy it.

Wow, this is news. The next Apple product will be more expensive than the last. Heck, even their 'cheap' C version iPhones were idiotically overpriced. But the reason they can do this is simple: there are a mass number of people who will pay for it. This is the No. 1 reason Apple overcharges for everything they make. They've got this huge cross-section of the public thinking that they are infinitely superior to everyone else, so heck, why not charge $450 for a phone?

"might go up to $100 more" does not mean that it will go up $100. It could be $40 or $50. or even $20
and just because an analyst says it, doesn't make it a fact.

Frankly, who cares--if you total up what the typical phone costs you over the course of your average 2-year contract, a $100 up-front increase is laughably small.

I'm saying this as someone who still isn't carrying a phone around, but would be ready to pay a pretty penny for one if it weren't for the ongoing monthly costs.

100$ is not so much - try to compare the actual price of iPhone 5 (Or any other Apple product) in US and EU. Here in EU we have totaly sky-high prices! So don't be so bitchy about 100$
Anyway, I can't wait to see how the ny iphony gonna be.

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Got my iPhone 5s for €25 on a two-year contract. So maybe I'll end up paying €50 for the iPhone 6s. I can live with that. :laugh:

Ahh instead of making the "cheap" iPhone more lucrative by decreasing the price they instead INCREASE the price on the "good" iPhone. Haha.

If they eliminate the 16gb version and just release the 32gb version @ $300 it may be an easier pill to swallow for those looking to upgrade. It certainly does not cost them $100 to double the memory...

jerzdawg said,
It certainly does not cost them $100 to double the memory...

Sure it does. It always has and always will ;)

jerzdawg said,
If they eliminate the 16gb version and just release the 32gb version @ $300 it may be an easier pill to swallow for those looking to upgrade. It certainly does not cost them $100 to double the memory...

True, but a company that sells an extra 6GB of RAM for their Macs on their site for $200, it's obvious they are pandering to people who have no clue about how much stuff should really cost.

This reminds me of the computer gaming industry in the 2000s. People would upgrade every 6 months to have the best in the market and you don't see a big different.

I've got it on my iPhone 4/7.0.6. it comes in pink, orange, light blue, green, grey and black. I can upload them somewhere if you don't have them.

I agree with you sir. It's why I've owned some variant of it since 2007. However, I always have some model of an Android phone as a backup.

I would get a Nexus 5 if I could get an Android device. I have a Mac, so everything I have runs through ICloud like it's nothing.

Mr.XXIV said,
Because the OS is great and comes with everything you "need". I'm not even being sarcastic, it's the truth.

Speak for yourself. The OS is more and more lacking, iOS7 didn't help much and they're running on fumes. It's more a 'I know how this works so I'll buy it anyway'-situation.

dr_crabman said,

Speak for yourself. The OS is more and more lacking, iOS7 didn't help much and they're running on fumes. It's more a 'I know how this works so I'll buy it anyway'-situation.

He actually speaks for millions of iPhone users who love the concept of it just working. For millions, it ain't lacking a darn thing. Let me guess? Windows Phone isn't lacking? Come on Crabby, different operating systems appeal to many different people.

dr_crabman said,

Speak for yourself. The OS is more and more lacking, iOS7 didn't help much and they're running on fumes. It's more a 'I know how this works so I'll buy it anyway'-situation.

Like you need to start doing some research. There aren't much developers that care about Windows Phone and what apps on Android won't steal your information when you thought it really was an anti-virus?

"the iPhone 6 will likely be the only headline-worthy high-end phone launched this year"

The Galaxy S5 just called and said, "horse hockey!" LOL

Seems to me like the S5 has had much less hype than the S4 and even S3.
The S5 basically added a fingerprint scanner and improved the battery, but made the chassis bigger, so I don't know if people are too happy about that.

I'm not a fan of change for the sake of change, but maybe since the galaxy phones and android hasn't changed much over the past few years, people are seeing less reasons to get excited.

Astra.Xtreme said,
I'm not a fan of change for the sake of change, but maybe since the galaxy phones and android hasn't changed much over the past few years, people are seeing less reasons to get excited.

Android has changed plenty, that's why iOS7 looked and felt already outdated when released. Their boring, small phones (at least that will change, let's see how they'll sell this catching-up as a revolution) didn't help so while the numbers are still good for Apple the hype is dwindling.

dr_crabman said,

Android has changed plenty, that's why iOS7 looked and felt already outdated when released. Their boring, small phones (at least that will change, let's see how they'll sell this catching-up as a revolution) didn't help so while the numbers are still good for Apple the hype is dwindling.

Ummm, what? Where are you getting that information from? The 5S was their best seller yet, so facts would say that the hype is still growing. If/when they release one with a bigger screen, it will certainly sell very well.

Looks to me like you have no facts, and only your opinions, which sadly don't mean much...

[quote]Misek's claims should be taken with a grain of salt, however. He has a spotty track record when it comes to Apple predictions,[\quote]
But we'll report on them anyway.

"after consideration that no other "game-changing" devices would be released in 2014."

Doesn't seem like any new iPhone will be anything close to a "game changer" either...so um yea.

here is the thing, apple enjoying its established and well working ecosystem and apps besides they made the highest quality phone hardware, so really there is no game changing title here, people have different taste but people who wants the most premium go for iphone. Galaxy phones are made of cheap plastic. I like Lumia icon, it definitely has better hardware compared to iphone but Windows Phone has Ecosystem issue rightnow and apps are limited.

trojan_market said,
people who wants the most premium go for iphone. Galaxy phones are made of cheap plastic.

Galaxys should be built better, agreed. But there are other Android devices out there that hold their own. And for its price the iPhone just isn't premium enough, the 5(s) scratches easily, the oh-so-great touchscreen has its share of problems, the camera is average at best etc.

dr_crabman said,

Galaxys should be built better, agreed. But there are other Android devices out there that hold their own. And for its price the iPhone just isn't premium enough, the 5(s) scratches easily, the oh-so-great touchscreen has its share of problems, the camera is average at best etc.

Had my iPhone 5S 7 months now and it's still absolutely mint (no cover)

Care to explain what these touchscreen issues are? I've had the iOS 7 reboot issue (iOS 7.1 has fixed that) and various problems with built in apps so I'm not saying it's without it's problems... but never had an issue with the touchscreen, nor have I read about them? Genuinely would like to know, thanks.

The iPhone is already expensive. This would surely risk pricing out too many users. Setting the margins too high would risk hurting their profits if it led to a large enough fall in sales.

Agreed, but the same argument with windows OS didn't phase MS either. They know enough iPhone users will still buy it making it worth doing in their eyes.

singularity87 said,
The iPhone is already expensive. This would surely risk pricing out too many users. Setting the margins too high would risk hurting their profits if it led to a large enough fall in sales.

Iphone users have money to burn so sales won't drop that much.

trojan_market said,
if iPhone is expensive at least its been built on premium materials. Galaxy phones are cheaply made and expensive.

galaxy s5 isn't.

trojan_market said,
if iPhone is expensive at least its been built on premium materials. Galaxy phones are cheaply made and expensive.

I agree. Nobody can take that away from Apple. They make premium built devices are worth the price compare to the Galaxy line.

torrentthief said,

galaxy s5 isn't.


care to elaborate how S5 is better than S4 material wise? all I heard they added 2 gimmicky sensors (heart rate + finger print) that none working well. and that S4 had thinner bezel and nicer feel to it.

Mr.XXIV said,
"already expensive"

Don't give that crap compared to the million Android models out there.

Compared to what then?

£629 for a 32gb iPhone 5s
£339 for a 32gb Nexus 5

Both devices are of a comparable spec (the best you can compare two totally different phones). You could almost buy two Nexus 5's for the price of one iPhone...

You pay a premium for Apple, its pretty hard to deny that. However Apple have built a brand and a following more than happy to do that, so fair play to them.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Wouldn't be surprised. Apple loves it's high margins.

who doesn't. They have a very loyal customer base that are very entrenched into there service and products. They could charge $500 more and there would still be people in line at there stores a few days before.

They could also be using "prestige pricing" so that people see that the S5 is cheaper and think that the iPhone is better because it cost more. Many people fall for this.

The S5 is a Samsung phone first of all. Secondly, I don't think even Apple is dumb enough to really try this. Sure, they may want to increase their profit margins, who doesn't (as you stated), but this would be marketplace suicide to increase the price of an already expensive phone when every other manufacture is releasing cheaper and cheaper phones.

Also, why is this even news on Neowin? Misek's track record with Apple predictions is also not great by any measure. The analyst has claimed multiple times that the iTV is on the horizon. More recently, he said that the iPhone 5s will come in eight different colours, feature NFC and launch in June. Source: http://9to5mac.com/2014/04/14/...6-prices-by-as-much-as-100/

Why continue to give a microphone to someone who can't seem to get a single prediction right?