A special 10th-anniversary edition of the iPhone is expected to be the ultimate iPhone, and it’ll come with a price tag to match—very likely north of $1,000, says a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans.
The site notes that the price tag isn't surprising since a 256GB iPhone 7 Plus already costs $969 and the new iPhone 8 is expected to have significantly more features.
Sources say the iPhone will feature a 5.8-inch OLED display that stretches across the whole front of the phone. It will also likely get a memory upgrade. Rather than being called the iPhone 8 some believe the device will get a cooler name, such as the 'iPhone X'.
The new phone will look something like a smooth black monolith, with few visual interruptions to its sleek design. (It’s not hard to imagine the promo video: The mysterious black monolith floats slowly through space—a single letter "X" above it.)
Apple is expected to launch an iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus alongside the new model. Those devices will likely feature minor updates and keep the existing design of the iPhone 7.
The 'iPhone X' is said to have a dual-lens camera and sides made out of forged stainless steel. The back is expected to be glass rather than metal.
As rumored, Apple is working on removing the physical Home button and relocating it beneath the display surface. The site's source says the technology is still 'evolving'; however, Apple is pushing hard to get it into the new iPhone. There is even a chance that the physical buttons on the sides of the iPhone could disappear and be replaced with touch sensitive inlays in the metal.
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.
Both Qualcomm and Intel are believed to be supplying modems for the device. Rumors of an accelerated manufacturing schedule are false, says the source. Rather, it's likely a test manufacturing run which can be up to 100,000 iPhones.
It's still quite a while until Apple's expected unveiling of the new iPhone in September so features could change. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.