Wednesday, September 05, 2007



Okay, so I thought we wouldn't see wifi (http://sumocat.blogspot.com/2007/09/short-this-weeks-ipod-prediction.html) in the new iPod, officially iPod Touch (http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/), but even though it does have wifi, the supporting reasons still stand.

First, no sync via wifi. Admittedly, it would have been a cool feature, but I don't think it's ready for mass market. Better to keep it wired only, so people remember to keep their pods charged.

Second, undercuts iPhone sales but... Stop for second. Rewind back to My iPhone Predictions (http://sumocat.blogspot.com/2007/06/my-iphone-predictions.html) and you'll see my top claim was that people would buy an iPhone without phone service just to get the widescreen and Internet capabilities. Well, today Apple offered that with the iPod Touch. Could cut into iPhone sales, so Apple made the iPhone more competitive by cutting its price... by $200. The 4GB model is now discontinued, so the price going forward is $399 for the 8GB iPhone, same as the 16GB iPod Touch. Competitive not undercut.

So while the prediction was wrong, Apple addressed the underlying concerns, and I'm pleased with that and, because I didn't buy an iPhone yet, excited about the iPod Touch & lower-priced iPhone.



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iPod prediction still mostly right


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