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Garrett
Sep 6, 2007, 09:39 PM
I am not too sure if this was ever touched upon on the keynote, or ever given an explanation? It's basically the same EXACT stuff as the iPhone but the case.

As they said they have been in development for a long time, I am sure they would've thought of a smarter plan.

It just bugs me that they make us wait for the most wanted iPod, kind of disappointing.

All I ask, why was it delayed?



beaker26
Sep 6, 2007, 09:41 PM
Maybe more quality control and checking over it than the iPhone? It seems like they are about the same, but I'm sure Apple wants to make sure the Touch is working well. It also seems like the Nanos and Classics are slowly making their way to the stores, so maybe they wanted to jump ahead of Microsoft making an announcement in two weeks. Who really knows. Saves me $400 for a few weeks though.

kevinbal
Sep 6, 2007, 09:41 PM
I'll take a stab and say that, while everyone was hoping for an phoneless iPhone, it was no sure bet by any standards. In order to keep it very much a secret, I'm sure they decided not to start production in order to ensure it wasn't leaked (like the new nano form factor was).

Could be other regulatory things too... but who knows. Could also be a calculated decision, coinciding with the iPhone price drop, to still try and capitalize the iPhone fever as much as possible by delaying the Touch.

cavemonkey50
Sep 6, 2007, 09:44 PM
Most likely they're working on building up stock.

I think they originally planned to have the iPod event later in the month when the iPod touch would be available for shipping right away, but they probably pushed up the event to avoid being caught up in the Leopard hype.

ebel3003
Sep 6, 2007, 09:44 PM
It's possible they are just beginning the manufacturing? I'm not exactly sure how long it takes to manufacture an iPod and ship, but I'm pretty certain it's not instantaneous.

caj
Sep 6, 2007, 09:45 PM
Jobs said he shipped it on the 5th it takes time to get them to every store

Steven.nevets
Sep 6, 2007, 10:05 PM
maybe it's delayed to give Apple time to add in Mail, Notes, and a camera.

seriously, doesn't that screen look too empty? I hope Apple will put in a few more apps before shipping. maybe to reintroduce the hype closer to the "launch" of the iPod Touch.

wakerider017
Sep 6, 2007, 10:08 PM
maybe it's delayed to give Apple time to add in Mail, Notes, and a camera.

seriously, doesn't that screen look too empty? I hope Apple will put in a few more apps before shipping. maybe to reintroduce the hype closer to the "launch" of the iPod Touch.

We can hope...


The way Apple left the iPhone and iPod Touch screens pretty much means there will be new apps in the future...

Other wise they would have made the icons fit the screen better.

PygmySurfer
Sep 6, 2007, 10:23 PM
It's not delayed - Apple hadn't acknowledged the product existed, let alone a ship date prior to the keynote.

Garrett
Sep 6, 2007, 10:38 PM
It's not delayed - Apple hadn't acknowledged the product existed, let alone a ship date prior to the keynote.
Ok smarta*s, you get well enough of what I was asking. Thank you for all of the other helpful replies.

YoNeX
Sep 6, 2007, 10:56 PM
Maybe it has to be cleared by the FCC first? And Sept 5th was the day they would submit the report to the FCC.

Rapmastac1
Sep 6, 2007, 11:49 PM
Here is an interesting point. Now, despite what everyone says, the iPod Touch is gonna sell like hotcakes! So, what better than ever to buy a new mac and get the student disctount on the new ipod touch, but oh wait, the student discount ends on the 28th, how mysteriously coincidencial...

gadgetgirl85
Sep 6, 2007, 11:50 PM
Yeah...I still think it will arrive end of September. Unfortunately :( I want my iPod touch now! :D

mrkramer
Sep 6, 2007, 11:53 PM
Here is an interesting point. Now, despite what everyone says, the iPod Touch is gonna sell like hotcakes! So, what better than ever to buy a new mac and get the student disctount on the new ipod touch, but oh wait, the student discount ends on the 28th, how mysteriously coincidencial...
I'm pretty sure that the discount is only on old models, like it was the last time they did this.

emotion
Sep 6, 2007, 11:54 PM
It's delayed to wait for the European/UK iPhone announcement.

milo
Sep 7, 2007, 07:12 AM
It's not delayed at all, they're releasing it exactly when they ay it's released.

It would have been unrealistic to expect the iPhone and touch to be announced and ship at the same time, it's a major, complex new product from Apple and releasing one is tricky enough. It totally makes sense to release iPhone first since apple is brand new to the phone market and having the touch first or at the same time would have stolen the iPhone's thunder.

Chupa Chupa
Sep 7, 2007, 07:41 AM
Maybe it has to be cleared by the FCC first? And Sept 5th was the day they would submit the report to the FCC.

No, that was only the shuffle, nano, and classic. He specifically said the Touch would ship later this month.

As for why poster "emotion" wins the golden cigar. Apple views the iPhone as the "top of the line" iPod. A "top of the line" iPod should also have the most RAM or at least as much RAM as the next model down. Right now it does not. Come MacWorld Paris I think it will. But until they announce a 16GB iPhone they cannot ship the Touch.

boxandrew
Sep 9, 2007, 08:50 PM
Could also be a calculated decision, coinciding with the iPhone price drop, to still try and capitalize the iPhone fever as much as possible by delaying the Touch.

This is what I was thinking. Try to catch the people who just can't wait by lowering the iPhone price. Good for both AT&T and Apple.

However, when I was in the Apple store the other day everyone at the iPhone desk was asking questions about the iPod Touch, so if that was the reason it doesn't seem to have worked.

joshwest
Sep 9, 2007, 08:54 PM
if you really want to check one out go to your local apple store, everyon i saw at my local apple store had iPod touches on there personal self to show off and demo..

aswitcher
Sep 9, 2007, 08:58 PM
Job's said the video for the iPod touch was completed at 4am or something. Suggests to me this was only just an early production model. So its going to take a few weeks to get enough stock to have anything but an anaemic release - hence the delay.

wakerider017
Sep 9, 2007, 09:02 PM
if you really want to check one out go to your local apple store, everyon i saw at my local apple store had iPod touches on there personal self to show off and demo..

Wuh? Really?

buffalo
Sep 9, 2007, 09:02 PM
if you really want to check one out go to your local apple store, everyon i saw at my local apple store had iPod touches on there personal self to show off and demo..

Are you sure that they didn't have iPhones? They do look similar...

gloss
Sep 9, 2007, 09:03 PM
if you really want to check one out go to your local apple store, everyon i saw at my local apple store had iPod touches on there personal self to show off and demo..

You sure those weren't iPhones?

edit: grr.

wakerider017
Sep 9, 2007, 09:04 PM
Jeez, 3 posts all at the same time questioning that post. NICE!

I bet it was just an iPhone he was seeing though.

Stang68
Sep 9, 2007, 09:05 PM
Job's said the video for the iPod touch was completed at 4am or something. Suggests to me this was only just an early production model. So its going to take a few weeks to get enough stock to have anything but an anaemic release - hence the delay.

no no no...he said the commercial was completed at 4am.

aswitcher
Sep 9, 2007, 09:11 PM
no no no...he said the commercial was completed at 4am.

Yep, thanks, thats right. Still suggests that they didn't have the hardware for very long.

sblasl
Sep 9, 2007, 11:10 PM
It might be that it hasn't even hit production yet due to unforeseen issues, just like the :apple:TV. Steve puts that date out being optimistic that they can get things finished up and released to manufacturing. Don't be surprised if you find yourselves getting notices that the ship date is being pushed backed.

Apple had announced actual shipping date(s) for the :apple:TV and we saw that come & go.

siurpeeman
Sep 9, 2007, 11:14 PM
it hasn't been delayed at all. watch the special event again if you have to. it's going to ship "in a couple weeks" by the "end of september."

madmaxmedia
Sep 10, 2007, 12:00 AM
If anything, I think Sept. 28th is the 'safe date', meaning they should deliver units by then (and probably a few days earlier.)

It might be that it hasn't even hit production yet due to unforeseen issues, just like the :apple:TV. Steve puts that date out being optimistic that they can get things finished up and released to manufacturing. Don't be surprised if you find yourselves getting notices that the ship date is being pushed backed.

Apple had announced actual shipping date(s) for the :apple:TV and we saw that come & go.

Seletzer
Sep 10, 2007, 12:07 AM
Three letters: AT&T

Steve Jobs and the big wigs at AT&T know that the iPod Touch is an alternative to those that want the iTouch Interface, WiFi, and a nice screen for multimedia purposes which are found in the iPhone. Now, with the iPhone price drop due to the all the new iPods, AT&T knows that if the iPod Touch was immediately released like the Nanos and Classics, it would steal sales away from iPhone. Obviously, the iPhone means new contracts and data revenue for AT&T (even it the revenue is shared with Apple, it stills puts up great numbers for Wall Street and shareholders). If they give a window between announcement date and launch date, those price-drop adopters will obviously go for the iPhone, instead of also "considering" the iPod Touch. A couple of weeks prior to 9/5, AT&T really emphasized iPhone sales internally.

queshy
Sep 10, 2007, 12:07 AM
maybe it's delayed to give Apple time to add in Mail, Notes, and a camera.

seriously, doesn't that screen look too empty? I hope Apple will put in a few more apps before shipping. maybe to reintroduce the hype closer to the "launch" of the iPod Touch.

+1. In fact, I believe they did that for the iPhone too!

I just HOPE that it's not delayed again...that would anger me.

So I guess 2007 is turning out to be a great year just like apple says. We got new macbook pros, an iPhone, a whole slew of new iPods, and soon we're getting Leopards. Oh yeah, apple tv, too, right? Apple really branched out this year imo.

now bring on the iPod touch.

Garrett
Sep 10, 2007, 02:05 AM
@queshy: You forgot the iMac :) :o