Apple is having an event tomorrow where they’re expected to announce new iPhone models. No doubt some will easily break the $1,000 barrier. Which is an insane amount to spend on a phone. No argument from me, if it was “just a phone”. But think of some of the devices it replaces and what they cost... 1) A compact digital camera. No need for that anymore, and I’m sure many of us have bought our last. And they weren’t cheap, figure at least $200 to $300. And the video quality on modern phones far exceeds the resolution and frame rate of video cameras even a few years ago. 2) A GPS car navigator. Several hundred dollars there, plus usually the cost of map updates. 3) A GPS aviation navigator. Not so long ago I spent over $1,200 for a Garmin 295, and more recently a bit more, I think for my 496. And again, the cost of regular database updates. All clearly surpassed by ForeFlight or equivalent on a phone. 4) An mp3 music/podcast player. How much did we used to spend on iPods and equivalent? Not to mention all the user-specific needs it fills - calculator, dB meter, books, news aggregator, social media/internet interface, whatever. A $1,000 phone kept for 3 years and then given away translates to about $1/day. Sold on eBay for several hundred dollars when upgrading, and it’s substantially less. Stipulated that there are cheaper phones that do all of the above, but my point is that even $1,000 (or more) for these devices is not as outrageous as it seems at first blush.