- Jul 25, 2013
This video should be required watching before anyone else starts another thread on Apple gouging us.
The X pricing and subsequent demand was actually a pretty good example of the Veblen effect, I imagine the Max in Gold will likewise prove to be quite popular for the same reason despite lack of non-cosmetic differentiating features.Apple will keep increasing prices until demand drops - and they saw with the X that the more expensive the phone, the more people will be happy to pay through the nose and flash it around..
The 7 screen can be replaced and battery pack replacement is cheap. I can ride this out for years until the 7 hardware slows everything down to the crawl.
I love how at around 6:00 of the video, his dog is just sitting mesmerized in the background staring at him get really excited.
It's a good video that's worth watching. He makes a lot of very good points.
- You're not being gouged because they're not jacking up the price just to jack it up. They're simply pricing their products as a consistent 40% margin as they have been for many years.
- Even though they're not gouging you, it's not a good value and he doesn't think you should buy it.
- Pricing on these phones are reaching laptop levels because they're getting to be like laptops, but maybe you should buy a laptop instead. It's much better value and a better experience than a phone for a lot of things.
I think it's probably going to be some time before the hardware in even an iPhone 7 becomes too slow to properly run iOS. Somewhere around iPhone 7, we hit that point that we hit with laptops that even the ones that haven't aged gracefully are still more than enough for a lot of people's needs four years later. One of my laptops is a 2009 MBP that I just got a new battery for because I expect it to be still servicable as an emergency device for a while longer.
Battery replacement kits for the iPhone 7 are only $30 through iFixit.com. I haven't done one yet, but it doesn't look too hard to me. I'll probably take advantage of the great $30 Apple battery replacement offer of 2018 before the end of this year though and hopefully won't ever have to find out how hard or easy the replacement is.