Apple is testing an experimental hair injection option in the new iPhone 7 models, but it has no plans to add the feature to the iPhone 8 or the iPhone X, according to several sources familiar with the matter.
The technology is called ‘pim’, and is similar to an injection machine in that it’s used to inject tiny amounts of the drug epinephrine into the bloodstream, the source said.
Apple hasn’t announced a specific price for the hair injection in the iPhone 7s or iPhone 8s models, and its expected to be in the $100-$200 range.
An Apple representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
While Apple’s hair injection could theoretically be used to treat burns, infections or other skin conditions, the device doesn’t seem to have any sort of therapeutic benefits.
In fact, a study published last month found that while the injectable epinephrin may help in treating pain, it didn’t appear to significantly improve the overall health of people who used it.
Apple said that it is working on a new device that would allow the injection of a different form of epineptic medication, which the company would disclose when the device is released.
The drug, known as the “ApiKit,” is designed to be more easily swallowed and delivered to the skin than other injectable medications, making it easier for users to take.
The new device is expected to have similar performance to the injectables currently available on the market, but will likely be more expensive, with the potential for a higher price tag, according a source familiar with Apple’s plans.
Some people are already using the new hair treatment option on iPhones 8 and 8 Plus, and it’s possible the device could come in handy for those who want to avoid using a hair injection.