UPDATE 09-12-2017: With the release of the iPhone 8 nearing, the iPhone 8 price and pricing of the iPhone 8 Plus is of increasing interest. But the goalposts have just moved for these two devices, with a leak in the last 24 hours indicating that the iPhone X will be the OLED premium device in 2017.

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Affordable variants

This means that both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will effectively be somewhat affordable variants. While no Apple products can reasonably be described as cheap, the upgrades to last year’s iPhone 7 will be intended to capture the more affordable end of the market.

What we do know pretty much for certain is that the iPhone X will be the most expensive smartphone that Apple has ever released. Most analyst estimates indicate that this device will cost in the region of $1,000, with some of the premium versions of the new smartphone retailing at around $1,200. This means that both the iPhone 8 price and iPhone 8 Plus price must be significantly lower than this price tag in order to sell appropriately.

So we can reasonably expect the iPhone 8 smartphone it to be rather affordable in this generation, particularly as the iPhone 8 Plus must be slotted between this and that the iPhone X in pricing terms. So we can perhaps expect the entry-level version of the iPhone 8 to retail at around $699. This will be for the model with the lowest amount of memory, though.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 Plus is likely to cost $100 more than this, with the basic unit of the phablet retailing at $799. Other versions of the iPhone 8 Plus will be priced at higher RRPs, and we can expect the premium version of the iPhone 8 Plus to come close to the $1,000 price tag of the iPhone X.

Frozen pricing

So both smartphones will come in at around the pricing of the iPhone 7 last year. But with carriers offering excellent 24-month deals on the iPhone X, there should also be a decent array of offers available for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. These will make the mobiles more affordable still, ensuring that consumers of modest means can still pick up the hottest smartphone on the block.

The good news then for consumers is that the likes of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint will carry deals for both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus from launch day. These are obviously based on monthly payments, meaning that the average iPhone 8 consumer can expect to pay around $30-35 per month depending on the particular deal and carrier.

It is likely that both of these smartphones will also go on sale before the iPhone X is released. The general consensus of opinion following a major Apple leak emanating from a disgruntled employee is that the iPhone range will receive a staggered release schedule in 2017. This will result in the iPhone X being delayed until October, with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus almost considered predecessors, appearing towards the end of September.

Indeed, publications have already set aside September 22 as a possible release date for the next-generation smartphone. At this point it will be possible to acquire a mainstream smartphone direct from Apple for the recommended retail price, or to instead access deals via carriers. It seems that two-year deals will be ubiquitous in 2017, though, meaning that those tying themselves into to such contracts may struggle to upgrade in 2018.

Conservative 2018

However, the 2018 iPhone from Apple may be rather cautious and conservative compared to this year’s release. Apple is expected to pull out all of the stops in order to mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone range, resulting in some outstanding and revolutionary devices. Indeed, the iPhone 8 is expected to completely reboot the iPhone concept, featuring a wraparound display and OLED technology.

Other new features such as wireless charging and augmented reality are also expected to appear in the iPhone X, while both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will benefit from wireless charging technology for the first time in an Apple mobile.

With both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus receiving a raft of spec upgrades, and the phablet at least likely to be armed with a new six-core A11 processor, these two mobile releases ultimately represent rather decent value for money. While the iPhone 8 price will still be significantly more than the RRP of the Google Pixel 2, this still represents something of a step in the right direction for Apple.

UPDATE: Apple will hold a special event on September 12 at its new campus to show off its latest hardware and software products including a new Apple TV, and third-generation Apple Watch. However, the star of the show will be the 10th anniversary iPhone, which has been referred to as the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone Pro, and iPhone Edition. For now, let’s stick to the iPhone 8, the most commonly used name. Twitter tipster Benjamin Geskin has revealed the iPhone 8 price, which corroborates the past leaks.

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iPhone 8 price to start at $999

The iPhone 8 is said to be the most expensive smartphone from Apple till date. It will have a radical new design and some cool new features such as 3D facial recognition and augmented reality. These features are going to push up the iPhone 8 price to more than $1,000. Geskin claims to have obtained the iPhone 8 price details from a friend who has a friend working at Apple.

We reported last month that the 10th anniversary iPhone would be available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB internal storage options. Geskin claims the 64GB version will costs users $999 in the United States. The 256GB model will set you back by $1,099, while the top-end 512GB variant would go as high as $1,199. Reliable and long-time Apple blogger John Gruber has also suggested that the iPhone 8 price could go up to $1,199 for the most expensive model.

The iPhone 7S and 7S Plus would cost similar to the current models

The iPhone 8 will be unveiled at the new Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s new campus. If the iPhone 8 price leaked by Geskin turns out to be accurate, it shouldn’t be a huge surprise because the rumor mill and consumers already expect it to cost more than any other iPhone. However, the leak should be taken with a pinch of salt, at least for now. Apple will reveal the official pricing next week.

The tech giant will also launch an iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, which will be iterative upgrades over the current flagship models. These devices will look similar to the current iPhones, though they will pack many internal upgrades such as a more powerful A11 chipset. The iPhone 7S and 7S Plus are also