A new year, another new iPhone.


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Nearly every year since 2007, Apple has released a brand-new phone — full of brand-new options and fancy new “toys.”

The iPhone 8 still is being developed, but rumor has it there will be unprecedented new tech in this device.

It seems technology finally has allowed for the addition of facial and gesture recognition. This tech would be supported by a laser sensor.

I am a huge fan of the iPhone. I’ve had one for several years and have found that it does everything I need it to do.

I can perform almost all of my job functions with only my phone, if I have to.

However, the iPhone 8 likely will have an initial price tag of more than $1,000.

Traditionally, cell phone carriers provided “free” upgrades to their customers. That is changing.

For example, Verizon no longer allows customers to have free upgrades. The company does have payment plans now, though.

So it seems I might have to adjust what my new phone expectations could be in the future.

No big deal — most of the tech in my current phone should long outlast the life Apple expects it to have.

This leaves me with two trains of thought. The first is price point, as we’ve seen.

I truly wonder if the new toys on this iPhone will be worth the price increase. But this isn’t limited to me.

Has the demand for newer, fancier tech finally caused affordability issues that will keep that tech from the hands of everyday Americans?

If, come fourth quarter 2017, Apple’s sales are affected, will the company start to offer a lower-end model?

The second thought I had in reaction to this news was about the tech itself: Why do we need facial recognition on a cell phone?

While I don’t subscribe to the notion that computers will take over the world someday, the ever-increasing march toward artificial intelligence does give me pause. I think there is a point at which there is such a thing as too much tech in one’s pocket.

I am not sure if this will be the last straw on this camel’s back, but my breaking point might be right around the corner.