More on the iPhone/iPhod debacle…

Okay, so apparently I am far from alone in smelling something fishy in the recent price slashing and product announcements re: iPhone and iPod Touch.

There’s an interesting post on Crunchgear that asks if Mr. Jobs is sick of cell phone carriers already.

One of the bloggers I enjoy, Paul Kedrosky, has some good analysis too. His main points are:

  1. Smells as though the price cut wasn’t thought out carefully
  2. It’s a public relations fiasco, "with a tone-deaf Apple cutting prices without adequate consideration of the political impact on its existing iPhone customer base"

I agree on both points.

While we’re talking about phones and companies that may or may not know what they’re doing, is anyone else curious about the Google Phone?  I’m not one to write off things before I see them, but the announcement that the whole UI is written in Java gave me pause for thought (and not in a good way)…

6 comments for “More on the iPhone/iPhod debacle…

  1. September 11, 2007 at 9:42 am

    Addressing both those points:

    1. I don’t buy it. Steve Jobs is nothing if not calculating. My guess is that this was the plan from the very beginning.

    2. Public relations fiasco?!? They’re getting a TON of FREE publicity! You can’t buy enough advertising in the world to get what this publicity has done for them.

    The most telling thing to me is that when I went to the Internetworker’s ( http://www.ibiblio.org/internetworkers/ ) gathering on Thursday, the very next day after the price drop, someone showed up at the gathering with an iPhone they had just bought 20 minutes earlier! The lower price is going to drive sales through the roof, and because of all the publicity, many many more people now know that the iPhone is $200 cheaper than it used to be.

    I think a much better explanation of the entire situation can be found at the latest I, Cringley column: http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2007/pulpit_20070906_002891.html

  2. September 11, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    I agree with much of what the Cringely article said. Except I think it’s ALL business. I don’t know, but ego doesn’t seem to be overriding Jobs’ business concerns at all.

    When your product is reasonably well put together, any publicity can be good publicity. Even polarization of the public can be great because many grassroots followers then become zealots, and zealots for any cause will creat some converts.

    I didn’t see any afterthought in what he did because he keeps following that basic pattern, plus it still works.

    Also, for any business that isn’t too greedy, a fully negative campaign might even work. I’ve been doing some testing for my own business (because I really don’t need that much money) and so far it seems quite promising. Still needs a lot of work though.

  3. DisMonkey
    September 11, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    But what I think the Cringely piece ignores is the market. The cell phone market isn’t like the personal computer market. Apple customers will put up with abuse and the Apple Tax with their main computer. I’m not sure as many will put up with AppleTax on a cell phone…

  4. September 11, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    >>> I’m not sure as many will put up with AppleTax on a cell phone…

    Ah, but how do people view the iPhone? Do most people view it as a phone? I would suggest that actually most people view it as an iPod that just happens to have a phone in it. Your yourself have said you don’t want the phone functionality. I think, perhaps, you are not the only one like that and as a result, the iPhone should not be thought of like any other cell phone because really, it’s not like any other cell phone.

  5. September 12, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    [quote]
    While we’re talking about phones and companies that may or may not know what they’re doing, is anyone else curious about the Google Phone? [/quote]

    Not so much. I’m nore interested in the FIC Neo-1973 / OpenMoko. 🙂

    [quote]
    I’m not one to write off things before I see them, but the announcement that the whole UI is written in Java gave me pause for thought (and not in a good way)…
    [/quote]

    Why?

  6. DisMonkey
    September 12, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    @ Phillip: Because my hands-on experience with java-based apps has not been good… I appreciate that some percentage of that lies with each developer, but based on user experience my opinion of java apps is not high…

    @Tanner: and I guess that’s why we did get an iPhod on the market (although not in stores yet…)

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