Why Apple's rumored $1,000 iPhone would be good for Microsoft

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Get ready for ultra-premium mobile devices in 2018. Luckily, Microsoft won't be the first to take the brunt of the blowback.
Apple, Samsung, and 4K-camera manufacturer RED are poised to release new smartphones in the coming months that cost much more than $1,000. While opening a new premium market will cause a lot of haranguing, the move is good for Microsoft, which is likely to follow in 2018 when it may re-enter the mobile market.
The question is not if consumers will pay that much for mobile technology – they will – but just how long will it be before all manufacturers are on board with ultra-premium mobile hardware?

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