Is Apple killing itself!

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by grider, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. grider macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    Just a food for thought.

    With the launch of iPhones for $199, is Apple killing its iPod product lines which are priced at the same range? I'm sure a person who can afford a 4GB iPod for $130 would want to give $199 iPhone series a shot!

    -- Grider
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Not everyone wants to spend $30/month for an iPhone, however.
  3. italiano40 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2007
    I think they just want to merge their ipod and iphone and i think in the next couple of years i think ipods will be phased out and iphones will be that replacement
  4. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    No. The iPhone comes with a $80/month contract.

    Some people just want an iPod because they already have a phone.
  5. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    you're forgetting about the $70+ a month service
    charge.. I can see a lot of people wanting to listen to their music without that monthly bill...
  6. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    I think size may be an issue to consider here as well. For some the iPhone and iPod Touch are too bulky.
  7. grider thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    Thats true there. But I still believe it would reach a stage where iPods will no longer be valued, simply due to the power of iPhones! iPod touch, to me was just a device to give people a feel of multi touch!

    Well what do you say about changing the iPod into a gaming platform, coupled with accelerometer? That could give a competition for Wii + PSP!
  8. BlakTornado Guest


    Apr 24, 2007
    Washington, OH
    Jobs even said it was "training wheels for the iPhone"...
  9. grider thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    SO there you go :) It actually could kill iPods ?! What do you think?
  10. Me1000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 15, 2006
  11. grider thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    I remember it too as a casual comment during the WWDC2008. I should go back and listen to confirm.
  12. juanster macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
    yeah I really dont see it happening either. Remember the picture of the chair. About apple being mac music ( ipod+ iTunes) and iPhone? I don t think they would want to kill or cut off one of those legs not that the iPhone doesn't help the music leg as well. And not that I have any numbers with me or anything but iTunes I think I think sells more in other venues differently thab with the iTunes store and I do not think they would want to risk that. I do not think iPhone could surpass sales on iTunes. Over of users and mac users on their desktops
  13. BlakTornado Guest


    Apr 24, 2007
    Washington, OH
    At some interview of some sort over the past year.

    I'm not sure if it was the september 07 one... Could have been. Either that or the UK iPhone launch.

    He definitely said it.

    Edit: Was UK iPhone launch. Link.
  14. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I remember that comment very well. It made me think that they really didn't want to make the iPod Touch but then decided to in hopes that people would eventually buy the iPhone as well.
  15. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    All well and good, but bear in mind:

    iPhone + Appropriate Contract - my current contract cost = £210
    iPod Touch = £200

    The iPod Touch would have taken away from other iPod's sales already if the iPhone was going to.
  16. egor macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2004
    I'm sure the touch will phase out the other iPods (in some form or another), but I can't see it merging with the iPhone.

    Firstly, the iPhone will probably always lag slightly with its tech, probably the camera. No phone is perfect and thats why there are so many out there, so there will be many people who'll want an Apple touch device and a phone with a great camera (or whatever other feature the iPhone doesn't have).

    Secondly, not everyone wants to listen to their music on their phone, or watch videos. It drains the battery and they may be expecting a call... or just hate missing calls.

    Thirdly, I'm sure the iPhone will always be a premium device and therefore only available on contract (or very expensive on pay as you go).
  17. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Nope, Apple is not killing itself.

    Reports are that Cell carriers will pay full price (say $400?) for the devices, but make it back with the contract. The total cost over contract time seems to be similar to $400 iPhone and $10/month less for EDGE service.
  18. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I would gladly pay $800 for the phone if it were unlocked without a contract.
  19. Bwilky macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    I can really see them introducing a cheaper Ipod touch. But As others said, in the keynote he showed a diagram of a stool. If they cut one leg, down goes the stool (company). Personally I will always like my Ipod touch and my other Ipods. Some people actually don't like the touches, but just the regular ones. As long as their making money in that division, I don't see them cutting it.

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