iPhone Price Drop: Some Early Adopters Are Mad
Here’s a bit of a cautionary tale if you want to be on the cutting edge of technology. Read some of the comments over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog and also here. Om Malik is also a bit miffed. Basically, the iPhone only debuted two months ago, and today’s announcement of a price drop of $200 clams is fairly significant. You can now get an iPhone with more storage space for less money, and some who spent $600 for the top of the line iPhone feel they were taken advantage of.
Last time I ever buy anything from Apple as an early adopter. I can’t decide whether I am more pissed at getting burned as an early adopter or for being clearly gouged for $200 when they are still obviously going to still make money by selling it $200 cheaper. As a result of this I am not buying two more iphones I had planned on purchasing in the next 6 months. I do not reward being taken. – Comment by Geek to Go at The Unofficial Apple Weblog
The word from Mr. Jobs is “That’s what happens in technology.”
I empathize with the early adopters’ pain. Many new technologies are insanely expensive at first but drop sharply in price thereafter. This is a big reason why I’m staying out of the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray format war, and also didn’t pick up an LCD HD television until this year. I now look at my stack of DVDs and wonder if I spent too much, as I did with the stacks of cassette and VHS tapes before (how many times will I buy Star Wars?) When it comes to technology, buyer’s remorse is inevitable – the only way I’ve found to get around it is to wait until “V2″ and buy the most economical models available – I haven’t owned a “Pro” Macintosh since the nineties.
But still, two months is not much time at all, and this “upgrade” doesn’t fit the usual pattern of Apple products going about six months before a change, and usually that change means adding more features to a product but keeping the price point the same.
I’m totally happy that the iPhone is now $200 bucks cheaper, but that may be because I don’t already have one.