Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Sep 2017 19:30 UTC
Apple

Apple held its iPhone event today, but since the three major leaks got everything right - read our previous items on the leaks to get the full details - there's really not much to add here, other than the pricing for the new iPhones. The 'regular' iPhone 8 will be about €50 more expensive this year, so take that into account when planning your upgrade. The iPhone X (pronounced "ten" by Apple, "ex" by people with good taste), however, carries a very hefty pricetag, especially in Europe and the UK - the base 64GB model is $999 in the US, and a staggering €1159 in Europe (and an equally staggering £999 in the UK).

I think it's definitely a nice looking phone, and can certainly hold its own against other small-bezel phones from Samsung, LG, and others (especially others), but especially outside of the US, that's one hell of a price tag. Going over the magic €1000 mark feels like crossing a psychological threshold from high-end brand new smartphone territory into high-end brand new laptop territory, and that's a tough pill to swallow.

The additional problem here is that the iPhone 8 simply looks outdated compared to all the minimal bezel phones of this year, and certainly so next to the iPhone X in stores for the iOS users among us. I'm up for contract renewal, and since I'm the kind of person to switch platforms about once a year, I was definitely interested in switching to iOS again by buying the iPhone X. However, that €1159 price tag is way, way beyond the outer limit of my comfort zone.

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Sabon
Member since:
2005-07-06

It makes me laugh when people complain of higher price.

Do you expect a raise every year? Or do you expect to get paid the same amount for year upon year, upon year, upon ... you get the idea.

Guess what? Apple employees, employees of Foxcon, and people from all the companies that supply Apple with parts or services including assembling their products demand more money each year, IF they can demand it.

Do you think Apple is going to eat that money? No way. If they tried to, stock holders would remove Apple management and we would end up with the same kind of idiots that ran HTC and a WHOLE bunch of other companies into the ground.

Compare the newest, faster cellular phones speed compared to your desktop and laptop computers in the last 5 years. Guess what, companies spend a LOT of money making faster and faster chips for the phones and other devices.

They don't use old desktop/laptop chips. They use too much power and you would 30 minutes or less of power before you would have to charge your device again. Do you want that? My guess is no. You want something that has a nuclear power plant in it that is shielded so you don't get cancer, and so you get an infinite amount of power for no cost. Now let's get back to the real world instead of the fantasy world.

Faster chips require more power unless they can figure out a way to make them increasingly smaller. So they don't just have to come up with something faster. They have to figure out a way to make it smaller and use less power too.

Take cars for instance. If cars gained more speed and abilities like cell phones and other electric gadgets get, we would be driving at over 1,000 mph/1609.344 kph . If not double or triple or maybe 10 times that, and the price wouldn't have gone up anywhere near as much as car prices have gone up.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Compare the newest, faster cellular phones speed compared to your desktop and laptop computers in the last 5 years. Guess what, companies spend a LOT of money making faster and faster chips for the phones and other devices.
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Take cars for instance. If cars gained more speed and abilities like cell phones and other electric gadgets get, we would be driving at over 1,000 mph/1609.344 kph . If not double or triple or maybe 10 times that, and the price wouldn't have gone up anywhere near as much as car prices have gone up.

Meanwhile, in the real world outside of your Apple bubble, the prices of desktops, laptops and cars fell drastically over the decades... (and speed/abilities aren't most important in cars ...we got better comfort, safety and reliability)

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

I forced myself to read your entire post. It contained nothing that could be taken seriously.

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Sidux Member since:
2015-03-10

Monopoly because if you just want to run iOS you don't have much of an alternative.
Apple is fully aware of the (high) prices they are asking. That's why they have the trade in program and the option to bill you monthly.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

You can't have a monopoly in a market where only one player existed. There was only ever one player in the iPhone market.

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