Apple CEO Tim Cook is facing pressure to deliver on his promise to make iPhones as affordable as possible, and the iPhone 8 is an obvious example.
However, the iPhone’s biggest feature is probably the Retina display, which will come in a 12.9-inch and 15.8-inch version, with the latter one starting at $999.
The company is hoping to sell those devices in “a year” to give them the legs they need to reach mass market adoption.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are still popular enough that they have been offered in a “2 for 1” deal with Apple and Samsung, but those deals typically require you to pay $300 for the new phones.
If you’re looking for a cheap smartphone for $999, the cheapest iPhone 8 will likely come in the form of the 15.7-inch model.
This phone will also feature a new fingerprint sensor, a 5.5-inch display, a larger battery, and a Snapdragon 835 processor.
While it won’t have a headphone jack or an FM radio, it will be capable of streaming audio from Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, and more, and it will come with 4G LTE connectivity.
In other words, this is the phone you’ll want if you want to keep the iPhone alive even when you’re out and about.
As for the software, Apple’s rumored new iPhone 8 includes an update to iOS 11, a brand-new version of the App Store, an update for the iPhone X, and Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payment service.
Apple has said it is also bringing a “new Apple Music” app to the iPhone, and if you’re interested in hearing the company talk about it, you can check out the event at 9:00 a.m.
ET on Monday.