The 3D Touch modules for Apple's next iPhone are planned to go into production in the fourth quarter of 2017, and they could cost the tech giant more than $15 (about £12, AU$20) to produce, according to industry sources at Digitimes.
The supplier, TPK Holding, explains that part of the added expense stems from the 3D Touch modules having to work with AMOLED panels – a gorgeous-looking yet complex (read: more expensive) display technology which Apple is reported to use on at least one of its upcoming iPhones.
This, combined with other cost-boosting features rumored for Apple's next big smartphone, such as wireless charging, an on-screen fingerprint scanner, a new VR-capable graphics chip, and a 3D camera, potentially makes a batch of next-gen iPhones extremely pricey to produce.
Some sources go as far as to estimate a quadruple-digit MSRP for the upcoming iPhone, although rumors that an iPhone 7S is also in the works suggest Apple is considering a range of new handsets and not just a single super-premium one.
Of course, all these features are still housed in the back room of The Rumor Mill, so it's best to take it all with a grain of salt. However, as more and more signs point to the iPhone 8 (or more likely, the iPhone X) arriving with a big ol' price tag, we suggest you start making routine visits the piggy bank, just in case.