The iPhod Cometh!

Behold, the power of this blog!  As has been witnessed before by my loyal readers, this is apparently a powerful magic wishing blog.

Today, I had my wish granted for an iPhod.  You can see the details on Apple’s website.  The "iPod Touch" is basically an iPhone without a camera or a phone.  And it’s $100 bucks cheaper than the newly discounted iPhone.

Now I’m not one for conspiracy theories.  I’m more of an Occam’s Razor kind of guy.  But this smells funny to me.  The main reason I didn’t think we’d see an iPhod is because of what it would do to iPhone sales.  If I were a conspiracy theorist kind of guy, I’d be rolling my eyes at the history here.

First of all, Apple, legendary customer-driven company partners with AT&T, legendary treat-customers-like-crap company (my personal opinion, but I don’t think I’m alone).  They release the iPhone at a premium price to much applause, with Apple making all kinds of money off AT&T’s back (yay Apple).   Apple signs a ridiculously long exclusive with AT&T (we’re talking geologic timeframes in the tech world) and  gets an obscene hype-ride and a nice bump in stock price too.

But then in less than 3 months, Apple (a) announces the iPhod and (b) drops the iPhone price by $200.

That has to be one of the fastest product cannibalization and price drop two-steps in history!  Announcing the iPhod answers the prayers of all those who would choose death before signing a contract with AT&T, and all those that really didn’t want the phone part anyway (like me).  All those of you wanting an unlocked iPhone so you had a nice media player can now save yourselves the trouble and go iPhod.  But on top of that, they go and smack all the early adopters with a $200 "you should have waited" penalty.

Now if Apple were struggling, or if the iPhone was a turkey with awful sales (Zune, anyone?), I could understand this.  But that’s not the case at all here.  And while Apple may have some history of odd decisions, that’s not really the path they’ve been on lately.

So I’m left wondering… What are they up to???  Inquiring minds want to know.   

P.s. To our investors and potential investors: our expenses just increased by $399 per employee…

5 comments for “The iPhod Cometh!

  1. September 6, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    I think they’re looking to really get momentum going on the iPhone, and I bet they’ve seen the sales numbers taper off quite a bit since the initial launch. To keep things going, they’ve now made it an acceptable purchase for us ‘adults’ with ‘responsibilities’. I know I’m not the only one who went home yesterday and said, “Honey, you remember the ridiculously cool phone with the equally ridiculous price? What if I told you I could get it for $200 cheaper?”

  2. September 6, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    I’m still disappointed that the iPod Touch doesn’t have decent sized storage. If it had an 80GB or heck even a 40GB hard drive in it I’d probably go right out and buy it. I want some place to store my entire iTunes Library!

  3. DisMonkey
    September 7, 2007 at 11:42 am

    @Dugald — I agree about the new price point, but since the sales numbers were good I just can’t see why they did it now.

    And the just announced $100 rebate is bogus too IMO. “Sorry we screwed you, but here’s the chance to spend more money with us”. Not to mention that anything under $100 in the Apple store will be very high margin, so the real cost to Apple will be <$50. @Tanner: Patience! I'm sure we'll get there. I'm guessing the touch screen is so hefty on the battery that adding a hard drive just kills it. I'm sure we'll see something bigger soon enough...

  4. YouKnow
    September 10, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Whatever dude. I like my iPhone and you are just envious.

  5. DisMonkey
    September 10, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Aww. My very first piece of borderline blog spam. I’ll print it out and frame it…while reveling in the $200 that’s still in my pocket from _not_ being the first one to buy an iPhone 🙂

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