Apple’s iPhone 6 to make other phones more expensive?

Apple’s iPhone 6 to make other phones more expensive?We’ve been hearing plenty about iPhone 6 specs, proposed launch and release dates, and a possible delay for the larger chap, but here’s a story from out of left field.

Eastern speculation machines suggest the iPhone 6 could make future non-Apple phones more expensive. Zuh?

That’s the word over on Chinese-language udn.com, with the story relayed by G 4 Games.

In fact, the suggestion builds logically on a story from earlier in the week, when we were told Apple was set to place record-high orders for the iPhone 6 – as many as 70-80 million units before the end of 2014.

The iPhone 6 marks a pretty big change for the flagship series, as it bursts through the 4in barrier for the first time, at – according to rumours, at least – 4.7in and 5.5in. Demand is expected to be prettaaaaaay pretty high.

This latest story says that the iPhone 6 will keep manufacturers like Foxconn, Pegatron and Winstron so busy, that they’ll be able to cherry pick orders from their non-Apple clients, and even jack up their prices.

Foxconn, for example, puts stuff together for Acer, BlackBerry, Dell, Google, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Sony among others.

It’s suggested that the handset guys could either take the hit, with less profit on each phone sold, or – in turn – jack up their prices.

Only time will tell if there’s any truth to the tale. In the meantime, the iPhone 6 is tipped to launch in mid-September.

Read more about: iOS

Add a comment
3 comments

TJ Skywasher  Jul. 26, 2014 at 23:48

It's time other manufacturers increased their prices instead of playing games selling at cost or at a loss in some cases. There are so many losing money, just breaking even or making a slim profit and all in an effort to brag about market share or to compete in the race to the bottom. I'm surprised some of these companies are still trading, but whatever. Time to get back to a more sensible pricing structure for the mobile market.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 27, 2014 at 00:58

Most of the notable, cheap phones are backed by some financially stable body. The Moto G, all Nexus phones, the OnePlus One etc...all funded by huge companies with plenty of money to spend on what are effectively marketing tools.

The mass market, lower end phones, such as the Galaxy Ace etc, are cheap because the parts are cheap, not because they're being sold at a loss.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 27, 2014 at 12:24

I think satchef has a point.

Email:

You don't need an account to comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

Comment: