A few iPhone-related thoughts on a rainy northeastern afternoon.
1. Dear News Sources,
Please stop saying that the iPod is dying. Please stop turning to the recent numbers which show a continuing growth in iPod touch and iPhone sales while showing a decrease in the sales of click-scroll iPods. To say that the “iPod is dying and Apple doesn’t care” is totally inaccurate. It’s another example of looking at the micro rather than stepping back for a second, looking at the larger picture, and trying to assess something for what it really is. The iPhone and the iPod touch are iPods. Their numbers are growing, and the old version is declining. THAT’S WHAT PRODUCTS DO.
It would be like saying, (in a few months) that Windows Vista PCs are dying, and Microsoft doesn’t care. No, Microsoft will have released Windows 7, which will make Windows Vista obsolete.
Wow, a new version of something comes along and… surprise surprise, people don’t want the old version.
If you want to say anything about this, then at least be accurate — something like, “As the iPod continues to evolve, something that began with the iPhone and continued with the iPod touch, the previous form looks like it’s moving toward end-of-life”.
Don’t use alarmist expressions solely to get attention like, “the iPod is dying, the iPod is dying!” It’s not only still around, it’s stronger than ever and has morphed into something more usable than ever before.
2. There is a rumor that an 8 GB iPhone 3GS might be replacing the “low-end” 8 GB iPhone 3G. It makes total sense and isn’t really a surprise. But people, before you jump on it because, “Wow, now I can get an iPhone 3GS for just $99″ keep two things in mind –
Thing one — the biggest expense in having an iPhone is the two year contract you get locked into. Over the two year contract the difference between an 8 GB iPhone 3GS and a 16 GB iPhone 3GS is about four dollars per month. That’s especially relevant when –
Thing two — if you’re using your iPhone 3GS to take video, or you plan to use one of the growing number of GPS apps that are available, 8 GB isn’t really enough. The iPhone doesn’t support extending the memory through a removeable memory card, so whatever storage comes on the device initially is what you’re going to be stuck with two years. Sure, you can use storage such as MobileMe and the new MobileMe app, but trust me, while you don’t need the 32 GB iPhone to start, get the 8GB model and a few months down the line you’ll wish you had 16GB.