Apple is looking to squeeze a little more money out of us when the iPhone 6 arrives later this year, as a prominent technology analyst claims the company is asking mobile networks to up their prices.
Jefferies analyst Peter Misek claims Apple is in negotiations with the networks to charge more for the upcoming smartphone, which is expected to come in two sizes - a 4.7in model arriving first, and a larger 5.5in version landing just before Christmas.
While the networks have so far resisted Apple’s plans, they admit that there could be no other flagship smartphone arriving this year, as Samsung, Sony, HTC and Nokia have already launched and/or announced their top handsets, and we’re only in April.
Only Samsung could spoil Apple’s third and fourth-quarter party by launching an update to the Galaxy Note phablet, which could arrive at the IFA trade show in Berlin in September.
Misek warns: “Carriers realise that the iPhone 6 will likely be the only headline-worthy high-end phone launched this year and that they will lose subscribers if they do not offer it."
Apple may charge networks up to $100 (£60) more for the iPhone 6, an increase that will no doubt be passed along to us, the customers.
Others expect Apple will charge more for the iPhone 6, given its widely-expected larger screen sizes, and as Samsung, HTC and Sony all push further past the £500 barrier for their top-end handsets, Apple may well look to bump the iPhone from the 5s’ starting point of £529, up to beyond £550 SIM-free.
This could be offset by offering a minimum of 32GB of internal storage, as the current level of 16GB is simply not enough for many users.
Source: Street Insider