p2pnet news | Product News:- The iPhone hasn’t been receiving the wildly enthusiastic reception Apple had hoped for and yesterday, as well as announcing the iPod has been morphed, Steve Jobs also revealed a $200 price cut for the 8Gig iPhone.
A lot of the people who’d splashed out six hundred bucks only a few weeks ago are rightly extremely upset.
“I feel like I have been ripped off by Apple,” USA Today has Laura Carter of San Antonio declaring. “They should give all the early adopters a gift card of $200 to use in an Apple store.”
The 4Gig version is going the way of the DoDo, but Apple has come up with the iPod Touch, an iPhone without the phone, but with audio, video and Safari browser for Net access.
It’ll cost $300 (8 gigs) and $400 (16 gigs).
Meanwhile, Wired‘s Terrence Russell isn’t terribly impressed with the iPhone price cuts, giving four reasons why IHHO, it wasn’t a good idea.
1. Substituting A New Product Launch For Tact
Seeing the evolution of the iPod is great, but it’s not going to cause us to forget the $200 price difference.
2. Rushing The Timing
It’s clear that the company wants to get the iPod Touch into people’s hot little hands as soon as possible, but cannibalizing its own business so quickly makes the company seem both short sighted and sloppy.
3. Slashing A Little Too Much Off The Price
It’s no secret that electronics drop in price over time, but such a deep and hasty discount makes trying to quantify the realistic retail value of the hardware confusing. A mistake of this nature just encourages pricing paranoia.
And last, but by no means least
4. Showing Obvious Contempt For AT&T’s Role
Paired with how Apple has also announced the WiFi iTunes store and the introduction of its own ringtone platform, one can’t help but notice how AT&T and its customers seem to be getting the short end of the stick repeatedly.
$200 price cut – Apple slices $200 off 8G iPhone, September 5, 2007
USA Today – Some early iPhone buyers irked; others have no regrets, September 5, 2007
Wired – Four Mistakes Apple Made With The iPhone Price Drop, September 6, 2007
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