"Look into my eyes. Now open your wallet."
Just found out that the Wise and Powerful Steve Jobs has decided to lower the retail cost of the iPhone by two hundred bucks. That’s right: the 8 GB flagship model has been slashed from $599 to $399. This comes just a couple of months after countless tech addicts stood in line to purchase one at what may have been an artificial price-point.
Are geeks handy with torches and pitchforks? ‘Cause if I were Jobs, I’d start digging a deeper moat around Apple HQ.
It seems foolish to risk offending those customers who do the grunt work of hyping your overpriced lifestyle device. Especially since we’re still waiting for those promised software bumps that are supposed to take the iPhone from a cool plaything to a truly all-in-one device worthy of the Apple brand. They can start with copy & paste functionality, MMS and Flash/Java support. A more practical RSS system would be nice, too.
Adding insult to injury, the soon-to-be released Touch iPod has pretty much the same features as the iPhone, minus the ability to, you know, make calls. But with a mere 16 GB of storage space (the regular iPod, re-branded as "Classic," is up to 160 GB), it might not be enough to satisfy real music and video junkies.
Apple is also unveiling the Wi-Fi iTunes Store for use with their new music player. This means you can now download that crappy Fergie single while waiting in line for your Frappuccino™. Seriously. When away from the coffeeshop, you’re on your own as far as finding an open network — the device doesn’t have a fallback internet provider. Not like the iPhone, which utilizes AT&T’s pack mule-paced EDGE network.
According to reports, the iPhone will receive Wi-Fi downloading capability with the next upgrade. Forgive me if can only muster the tiniest "yay."