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Basically, poeple paid out the butt for these things, now are whining because the price dropped. Boohoo.... morons...

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Apple Inc.'s price cut of its iPhone and new lineup of iPod players are expected to ring in healthy holiday sales, but Wall Street investors accustomed to Apple's meaty profit margins appear a bit disappointed.


The price cut for the 8-gigabyte iPhone, set off a debate between early adopters.

Apple stock dropped more than 5 percent after the price cut was announced Wednesday, closing at $136.76, down $7.40. In extended trading, the share price fell another $1.01.

Meanwhile, gadget enthusiasts who snapped up the ballyhooed iPhone before Wednesday are coping with a bitter aftertaste now that it is $200 cheaper within 10 weeks of its introduction.

The price cut, from $599 to $399 for the 8-gigabyte iPhone, immediately set off a debate on online tech forums between early adopters, who said paying a premium price came with the territory, and those who said they felt burned. The price reduction was too much too soon, some complained.

In a discussion on The Unofficial Apple Weblog site, the views were split evenly.

Many customers took the iPhone price cut in stride, however. Ryan Roth, who bought one for $599 on Friday after months of research, chalked up his purchase to "the worst timing ever."

"I realize this is not their problem: I agreed to the original price -- it's my fault," said Roth, 32, of New York, who has been thinking about getting a cell phone for four years but held out until the last week. "It just kinda sucks."

But some relief is in sight.

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said anyone who purchased an iPhone within the past 14 days and has the receipt can get a full refund under Apple's return policy if they haven't opened the product. If they have opened it, they still can get a refund of the price difference.

The steep price cut less than three months after the iPhone's launch on June 29 -- and the discontinuation of the 4-gigabyte iPhone, which sold for $499 -- were surprising from Apple, which usually keeps prices steady while adding new features. It normally discounts products only when they age.

Analysts said quick discounts are typical for the cell phone industry, however. The world's best-selling cell phone, Motorola Razr, for instance, debuted at $499 but can now be bought for less than $100.

"This is about Apple learning how to become a cell phone retailer," said Jeff Kagan, an independent telecommunications industry analyst based in Atlanta. "All of a sudden it's in the cell phone business, and everyone is trying to figure out how to measure it, and we don't know yet."

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said the company is on pace to sell 1 million iPhones in the United States by the end of September.

The newest iPod media players, also announced Wednesday, include a model called iPod Touch that incorporates the iPhone's touch-screen and adds the ability to wirelessly download songs directly from the new iTunes Wi-Fi Store. Also new are a version of the best-selling iPod, the Nano, that plays video and a larger capacity, 160-gigabyte version of the video iPod, newly dubbed the iPod Classic.

Apple also announced a partnership with Starbucks: Starting in October, the coffee chain's icon will light up on the Touch whenever a user nears a shop that has Wi-Fi access. Users can then download the song that's playing in that Starbucks shop or get a list of the 10 most recent songs played.


Apple executives said the revamped and expanded iPod line -- in which the iPhone is recast as the top model -- is the company's most robust lineup ever for the holiday season. In 2006, Apple sold a record 21 million iPod players during the holiday quarter, about 50 percent more than in the same period the year before.

Apple has now sold more than 110 million iPods since they debuted in 2001. E-mail to a friend
 

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Wait.. a company jacked a price way high for the first month or two of sales then dropped it to an actually sellable price? Who ever heard of that?!?!

/sarcasm


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I'm glad it dropped.. I'd at least consider one.

Did you guys see the new iPod Touch? That boy is sick.

Basically iPhone minus the phone. Even has Wifi and Safari (web browser) and is flash-based storage.

(They also just put out new nano's and iPod Classics yesterday...for anyone that cares...)
 

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Basically, people paid out the butt for these things, now are whining because the price dropped. Boohoo....
Yea no kidding. :sonicjay:

This is just how it works being an early adopter.

If they made an iPhone that worked on the Verizon network and supported MS ActiveSync and was $350ish I would consider it, but given the network restriction to AT&T, and still bloated price, lack of insurance, etc, I'll stay perfectly content with my Treo.
 

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The iPhone is sweet... its just everything oriented with Apple is retarded.

Don't get me wrong though, I have had many macs, and I love mac, I love Apple.. just Apple people are retarded.

Apple did what 10,000 other companies did before them. Go on Newegg when a new product comes out.

Look at the 8800GTX. When it came out, it was $800. Within a few weeks it was down to $650... and a few weeks after that around the time I bought mine it was down to $550 ish with rebates.

But when Apple does it, the Apple fanboy's get their panties in a bundle and its all the sudden a MUCH bigger deal.


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I'm glad it dropped.. I'd at least consider one.

Did you guys see the new iPod Touch? That boy is sick.

Basically iPhone minus the phone. Even has Wifi and Safari (web browser) and is flash-based storage.

(They also just put out new nano's and iPod Classics yesterday...for anyone that cares...)
Looks like the ipod touch does everything my palm tungsten does, only cooler and sexier. If the calendar/todo/events software on the ipod work as well as the palms, i think i might just have to replace my palm and ipod with a ipod touch.
 

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Looks like the ipod touch does everything my palm tungsten does, only cooler and sexier. If the calendar/todo/events software on the ipod work as well as the palms, i think i might just have to replace my palm and ipod with a ipod touch.

Yea, and with much more memory, without having to buy friggin flash cards.

iPod touch is sweet.. I'm probably gonna buy one too.


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