APPLE fans beware: Experts say this could be a costly year for gadget geeks.
The Sun has spoken to tech experts who have warned bills are skyrocketing – and your next iPhone could cost even more.
If you’re a gadget fanatic, you probably update your phone often.
And you’re almost certainly subscribed to a number of paid services.
Now tech expert Paolo Pescatore has issued two warnings surrounding the cost of living crisis.
“While prices are difficult to predict, the cost of living is having a profound impact on all businesses and consumers as prices head in the wrong direction,” PP Foresight analyst Paolo told The Sun.
“No one is immune, neither is Apple as consumers are all feeling the crisis and tightening their belts.
“This will make users consider downgrading and signing up for a cheaper service.
“Increasing costs will drive adoption and, in some cases, more premium offerings at affordable prices.
“People are being forced to make some tough decisions when it comes to buying a new connected device or service.”
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But that’s not all: we could see this year’s iPhone 14 getting a price jump too.
The Sun recently warned of a possible iPhone price spike this year after speaking to two industry insiders – with a jump of as much as $100/£100.
Gadgets are getting more and more expensive to build, and experts fear Apple will pass the cost on to buyers.
“As always, expectations are high and there’s a lot to do on the new iPhone,” Paolo told The Sun.
“While Apple is fully aware of ensuring the new iPhone remains affordable, some elements are beyond its control due to the macroeconomic environment.”
The good news is that it’s getting easier to keep your iPhone longer.
Apple has typically supported iPhone models with iOS software updates for many years, and battery replacements to extend charge life aren’t too expensive.
And Paolo points out that Apple now offers a much wider range of iPhones at different price points.
Earlier this year, Apple launched the new iPhone SE, which starts at $429/£419.
Paolo also believes 5G could push buyers to snap up newer iPhone models.
Even the iPhone SE supports 5G and the higher speeds are being rolled out quickly in the US and UK.
So it could be a good year to upgrade if you’ve been holding on to an iPhone for a very long time.
Apple’s smartphones also tend to hold their resale value very well, so you might find you can flog your old model for a pretty penny.
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