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Business News/ Technology / News/  iPhone 16 Series likely to cost more, factors behind the speculated price increase: Report

iPhone 16 Series likely to cost more, factors behind the speculated price increase: Report

Apple's iPhone 16 series is anticipated to launch in four months with new features, but rumors suggest a higher price tag due to premium components. Last year's iPhone 15 Pro Max saw a $100 increase in price attributed to costly components like a telephoto camera and A17 Pro chipset.

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Apple's upcoming iPhone 16 series is expected to launch in about four months, bringing with it a slew of new features and enhancements. However, there is growing speculation that the iPhone 16 models will come with a higher price tag, largely due to the inclusion of premium components and other factors affecting production costs. This follows the trend set by last year's iPhone 15 Pro Max, which saw a $100 increase in its retail price.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max's price hike was attributed to its expensive telephoto camera, A17 Pro chipset, titanium frame, and high-end Samsung display. According to a Nikkei Asia report, these elements drove up the production cost to $558, about 12 percent higher than the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Meanwhile, the base iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus managed to maintain their pricing despite undergoing significant upgrades, even though their production costs had also risen.

Rumors suggest that Apple's iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will feature lighter and thinner designs, advanced camera systems, and new A18 chipsets. Additionally, these devices are expected to incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, which might further contribute to higher production costs. These factors, combined with inflation and a generally higher rate of production, are believed to be key reasons why the iPhone 16 series may see a price increase.

While it remains unclear if the price hike will extend to all models in the iPhone 16 lineup, experts suggest that the Pro models are the most likely to be affected. The final pricing for the iPhone 16 series will likely remain uncertain until closer to the official launch.

As the launch date approaches, Apple enthusiasts and industry analysts are keeping a close watch on the company's announcements. Given the expected technology and design upgrades, the anticipation is high, and many are eager to see how Apple will navigate the challenges of rising production costs while maintaining consumer interest.



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Published: 02 May 2024, 04:51 PM IST
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