November 8, 2010
Most expensive iPhone $8m
In our increasingly gadget obsessed world, being seen with any phone other than an iPhone can be highly damaging to one’s reputation. Spending several hundred dollars on the latest multi-faceted mobile phone spawns a degree of prosperity and style, seemingly necessary in our progressively image-infatuated culture. But imagine casually producing an $8 million iPhone from your pocket when socializing with friends?
For the more ‘financially-gifted’ in the world with an exquisite taste for the height of luxury items, owning a mere Android iPhone is as undesirable as a 1980s video collection. The mega rich want gadgets dripping in diamonds, saturated with precious stones and shimmering with every move, causing envious onlookers to pitifully stuff their phone back into their pocket.
We thought luxury phones had hit their pinnacle when Gresso Luxor created a limited edition known as the Gresso Luxor Jackpot phone costing a whopping $1 million, when all along Apple, having teamed up with Stuart Hughes, the British jeweller notorious for his extravagant remodelling of run-of-the-mill gadgets, was stealthily crafting an iPhone so laced in lavishness it epitomizing the very meaning of the word ‘extravagant’. Whilst its name – the Diamond iPhone 4 –is slightly less ostentatious than the Gresso Luxor Jackpot, aesthetically a phone could not get any more grandiose or flamboyant.
Lining its slim perimeter are approximately 500 individual diamonds and Apple’s signature logo on the back of this handmade decadent masterpiece is made out of an additional 53 diamonds, whilst the platinum navigation button encases a solitary 7.4 carat pink diamond.
Running the risk of scratching this $8 million is naturally not an attractive prospect and to help avoid such risks Stuart Hughes and Apple have thrown in an imperial pink granite protection box weighing 7kg and with a Nubuck top-grain leather interior. Apart from its superlative exterior, internally the Diamond iPhone 4 boasts a similar spec of the more ‘conventional’ iPhones.
Following the ‘techno-crowd’ like sheep, it is uncanny how many groups of friends you see on a night out simultaneously proudly laying the same iPhone on the table. Although this predicament will never prove to be a problem with the Diamond iPhone 4, because only two of these obscenely ostentatious phones will ever be made.