A senior executive at Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics giant that assembles the iPhone, has said Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 "won't be cheap".
Luo Zhongsheng said the high manufacturing costs for the new phone, which is expected to feature a radical design overhaul, will push up the price of the iPhone 8.
The price of producing a special new screen is expected to be responsible for much of the extra cost, Luo said in a now-deleted post on Chinese social network Weibo.
Design leaks have suggested the iPhone 8 will feature a redesigned edge-to-edge screen, with a gap at the top for the front-facing camera and other sensors. While this will allow for a bigger screen, it is also a very unusual shape, and could be difficult for manufacturers to produce in high quantities.