Apple, disgusted with Rogers Wireless for dumping egregious service plans on would-be iPhone 3G buyers, has decided that its Canadian retail stores will have no part in helping the carrier market the new handset to customers, AppleInsider has learned… As a result, Canadian Apple Retail stores won’t be selling the new 3G touchscreen phones come Friday, representatives for the Cupertino-based company said during a private conference call on Monday evening. Instead, it will be up to Rogers and its partner Fido to lock subscribers into steep 3-year contracts that require a minimum monthly payment of $60 for just 150 minutes, 75 text messages, and 400MB of data.—Spat with Rogers leaves Canadian Apple stores without iPhones
After having read it it seems kind of obvious but I had to make a note here. I think it’s a brilliant insight and although many designers have embraced this—dropping IE—for their blog designs, it’s a move that hasn’t been taken up yet elsewhere:
Yes, none of this stuff works in IE, and IE still has massive market share — but not among the sort of people who adopt hip new web apps. The combined market share for, say, Firefox 3 and Safari 3 is larger than the overall market share for Mac OS X. Plenty of developers write desktop software that only works on the Mac — why aren’t more people writing web apps that only work in truly modern web browsers? The first one to do it is going to be a sensation.—WWDC 2008 Miscellany
I’m sure you’ve already seen it everywhere but I’ll talk about it anyway, Apple announced today the new iPhone 3G, it’s even displayed on the canadian site! No price yet but according to Stevo they are enforcing a $199US price around the globe so we shouldn’t get screwed tooo much. They also list Fido as a sales point which hopefully means they’ll have a data plan to match, not just with Rogers. Of course, it remains to be seen if either one is available without the phone but let’s hope.
New features include 3G, GPS, a new form factor (they say smaller but it actually looks more profiled and thicker in parts) and a black backplate. It will also be syncing “over the air” using MobileMe which should be extremely useful.
Going back to pricing, the Nokia N95 is probably the closest thing to the iPhone feature wise and it’s selling for around $660US, making the new iPhone less than a third the price with, lets face it, a way, way, way better OS. The Nokia, and all other phones really, are something completely different from computers, they are now getting close to one by constantly evolving from the crap that all phones were not that long ago. The iPhone on the other is a very very small Mac with an (almost) complete personal computer OS, real browser, etc.
The most advanced phone is three times the price of the smallest computer that also features a phone. That’s nuts. I’d really love to know how the whole production chain works and which prices are involved. I’d also like to know how R&D figures into it. Overall I just can’t figure out how they can possibly sell all of that at that price when phones are at those other prices. Apple leverages the whole computer development? Phone makers are making loads of money? Apple selling at no profit? Mix of all that and more?
[Update] Seems the commenters were right and the iPhone is subsidized. AT&T won’t be making paiements related to monthly fees anymore, they’ll just pay lump sums on every sale. There will also be a penalty for phones not activated within 30 days and they are hiking up the data plan prices.
Three small simple things that pundits, “specialists” and commentators keep bitching about but are loved by their users:
- Twitter (“but it’s only 140 characters”, “what does it do?”).
- Macbook Air (“you can’t replace the battery”, “there are only 3 ports”, “there’s no optical drive”).
- And now Flickr Video (“it’s only 90 seconds”, “too late, they can’t beat Youtube”). And aside from simplicity, the 90 sec. is exactly like the 140 characters and will prove an interesting / creative challenge.
Simple and well executed is the new black.
Growth in Apple’s personal computer business continued to outpace the industry average last month, with Macs accounting for a 14 percent unit share and 25 percent dollar share of all US-based PC retail sales, according to market research firm NPD.—Apple snags 14 percent of US-based PC retail sales in February