The iPhone 6 may have a bigger price tag to match its larger display. According to one analyst, Apple’s next flagship could cost $100 more, and shoppers may very well bite. The wireless carriers are another matter.
“Our checks indicate Apple has started negotiating with carriers on a $100 iPhone 6 price increase,” said Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, according to Business Insider. “The initial response has been no, but there seems to be an admission that there is no other game-changing device this year.”
This isn’t the first analyst to claim that Apple is looking to jack the price of the iPhone. In March, Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves upgraded Apple’s stock from “sector perform to outperform” and set a $625 price target based on the presumption that Apple would charge a $100 premium for the iPhone 6.
Apple could be banking on the fact that there is pent-up demand for an iPhone with a bigger screen. The 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 is another handset that costs $299 with contract, but the new 5.1-inch Galaxy S5 costs $199, the same as the current iPhone 5s. The iPhone 6 will reportedly come in two varieties–4.7 inches and 5.5 inches–though some are saying the latter may be delayed.
There are other reasons to be excited about the next iPhone. The sequel is rumored to sport a faster A8 chip, an enhanced 10-MP camera (perhaps with the ability to swap lenses) and an all-new Healthbook app that will help iPhone owners keep better tabs on their health and fitness.
Unlike other s0-called phablets, the iPhone 6 will likely have a very slim profile, too. In fact, Asian suppliers are saying the device could be a mere 5.8mm thick, compared to 7.6mm for the iPhone 5s.