Warning for iPhone fans over 'vampire' gadget bills and upcoming price rise | The Sun

APPLE fans beware: experts say this could be a costly year for gadget geeks.

The Sun has spoken to tech experts who warned that bills are skyrocketing – and your next iPhone could cost even more.

If you're a gadget fan, you probably upgrade your phone often.

And you're almost certainly signed up to a bunch of paid-for services.

Now tech expert Paolo Pescatore has issued two warnings around the cost of living crisis.

As prices soar, Paolo thinks gadget fans will be forced to downgrade services (like Netflix or Spotify) – or even switch some off entirely.

Read more on iPhone

Your iPhone has a HIDDEN button that will change how you take photos forever

iPhone ‘hot weather’ warning for billions as summer could ruin battery

"While, it is hard to predict pricing, the cost of living is having a profound impact on all businesses and consumers with prices heading in the wrong direction," said PP Foresight analyst Paolo, speaking to The Sun.

"No one is immune, neither is Apple with consumers all feeling the pinch and tightening their belts.

"This will drive users to consider downgrading, signing up to a cheaper service.

"Rising costs will fuel switching and in some cases more premium offerings at affordable prices.

Most read in Tech

GAME OVER

The most addictive video games revealed – do your kids play any of these?

BAD CHAT

Three biggest WhatsApp mistakes you're making – and how to stop them

WAND WONDERS

Your iPhone has TEN Harry Potter spells that really work with Siri

TOO HOT TO HANDLE

iPhone 'hot weather' warning for billions as summer could ruin battery

"People are being forced to make some tough decisions regarding the need to buy any new connected device or service."

If you want to find any "vampire" apps charging you via your iPhone, check your Apple subscriptions here.

But that's not all: we could see this year's iPhone 14 getting a price jump too.

The Sun recently warned over a possible iPhone price rise this year after talking to two industry insiders – with a jump of up to $100/£100.

Building gadgets is becoming increasingly expensive, and experts fear Apple will pass the cost onto buyers.

"As is always the case, expectations are high and there is a lot riding on the new iPhone," Paolo told The Sun.

"While, Apple is fully aware to ensure that the new iPhone remains affordable some elements are out of its control due to the macro economic environment."

The good news is that it's getting easier to hold on to your iPhone for longer.

Apple now typically supports iPhone models with iOS software updates for many years, and battery swaps to rejuvenate charging 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 thinks that 5G could push buyers to snap up newer iPhone models.

Even the iPhone SE supports 5G and the faster speeds are rolling out quickly across the US and UK.

Read More on The Sun

Cost of living £650 direct payment to start hitting bank accounts within DAYS

How much does it cost to leave a fan on overnight?

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.

  • Read all the latest Phones & Gadgets news
  • Keep up-to-date on Apple stories
  • Get the latest on Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram

Best Phone and Gadget tips and hacks

Looking for tips and hacks for your phone? Want to find those secret features within social media apps? We have you covered…

  • How to delete your Instagram account
  • What does pending mean on Snapchat?
  • How to check if you've been blocked on WhatsApp
  • How to drop a pin on Google Maps
  • How can I change my Facebook password?
  • How to go live on TikTok
  • How to clear the cache on an iPhone
  • What is NFT art?
  • What is OnlyFans?
  • What does Meta mean?

Get all the latest WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and other tech gadget stories here.

We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science team? Email us at [email protected]

    Source: Read Full Article