This article originally appeared on Real Money on Feb. 10, 2017.
Apple's (AAPL) much-rumored iPhone 8 has long been expected to deliver major design changes and feature set improvements relative to the iPhone 7/7-Plus. But a new set of reports also suggest the device could represent a sea change in terms of how Apple prices and manufactures its latest flagship model.
In addition, one of the reports indicates Apple will be doubling down on its efforts to differentiate its costliest iPhones via camera technology.
A source speaking with Fast Company said the iPhone 8, which is expected to be accompanied by two cheaper models that represent more incremental upgrades to the iPhone 7, will "very likely" cost over $1,000.
The high cost of the phone's rumored 5.8-inch curved OLED display -- expected to be about twice as much as that of the LCDs going into current iPhones -- is cited as a potential reason.
The iPhone 8 also might feature more storage than its cheaper, LCD-based siblings. And a new report from KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo -- pretty reliable over the years -- says this year's iPhones will require "a new graphite component" to protect their 3D Touch sensors from the heat produced by the wireless charging component going into all three of them.
Reports that this year's iPhones will support wireless charging have been around since early 2016. Shares of Energous (WATT) , a developer of over-the-air wireless charging technology, have shot higher on speculation (not yet confirmed) that it's working with Apple on the solution.