Would you pay $1200 for iPhone 8?
This week, on
The CultCast: rumors point to a big iPhone 8 price hike.
What’s the max you would pay? Plus: Intel makes a huge move to
push Thunderbolt into the mainstream; Ikea about to drop tons
of great HomeKit gadgets on us; DJI’s Spark selfie drone is a
compact powerhouse; we’ll tell you about our favorite smart
lights; and we’ll tell you about the weird and whacky gadgets
we’re reviewing in an all-new Under Review!
CultCast #285 – $1200 for iPhone 8!?
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- Rumors that the iPhone 8 may come with a $1,000 price tag
are seemingly backed-up by a new report claiming that
components for the next-gen handset will be considerably higher
than those for its predecessor.
- According to China’s Economic Daily News, the 3D Touch
module alone for the iPhone 8 will cost 150 percent more than
the comparable module for the current LCD iPhone.
- As per a recent report from Goldman Sachs analyst Simona
Jankowski, the 128GB iPhone 8 will sell for $999, while the
256GB version will set users back a whopping $1,099. This means
that the iPhone 8 could represent a significant 25 percent
price jump from the iPhone 7.
- Include AirPods?
- Every manufacturer that uses it has to pay royalties to
Intel, which means you typically find it exclusively in
expensive, high-end machines.
- Intel has confirmed plans to drop Thunderbolt royalties in
an effort to boost adoption. The chip-maker also plans to
integrate Thunderbolt 3 into its own processors starting next
year, eliminating the need for a dedicated controller.
- Thunderbolt has become the ultimate standard for connecting
peripherals to your computer, thanks to its incredibly high
bandwidth and versatility. Thunderbolt 3’s 40Gbps speeds let
you transfer a full 4K movie in just 30 seconds.
- USB 3 is only 10GBPS!
- During the summer and early fall, IKEA will be adding
functionality to its smart lighting range by enabling people to
voice control their lighting with Amazon Alexa and Google
Assistant and to set up and adjust lighting using Apple’s Home
app and Siri voice commands. This takes IKEA one step closer to
making smart home technology accessible for the many.
- DJI unveiled the new Spark drone at an event in NYC this
morning where the tiny flying camera impressed watchers with
some innovative new features like the ability to be controlled
without using a remote.
- The Spark packs a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor that captures 12
megapixel photos and shoots stabilized HD 1080p videos so you
can get super smooth shots. It also comes with new shooting
modes you won’t find yet on the Mavic or Phantom 4: Pano and
- Flight time on the Spark is around 16 minutes per battery
with a range of 1.2 miles. Pricing for the basic kit starts at
$499, or you can get the Fly More bundle with two batteries,
extra propellers and prop guards and a carrying case for $699.
- QuickShot Intelligent Flight Modes for taking cool selfie
- QuickShot automatically captures a 10-second clip intended
for social media sharing.