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Posted in Tech, Venting with tags , , , , , on August 23, 2008 by Apollo

iPhone option

Watching one of the Sunday morning “lifestyle” programmes this morning – yes, I have better things to do, but do stop channel surfing if I see anything remotely gadget like in someone’s grubby little paw – I was reminded of why I’ll never succumb to any of the iCrap out there, and fund Apple again. Last time was an Apple II, and look what a mistake that turned out to be.

This morning it was a reminder at the cynical marketing of their iPhone. Having launched a bit of clunky, pathetically underpowered piece of hardware and software that depended on nothing more than its looks to make it sell, they’ve now released a more functional version of the thing, with proper software and network access.

If it worked, it might not be so bad, but even Channel 5’s biased Gadget Show didn’t award it top spot for what it did, only its looks.

Of course, this will do wonders for their sales, and empty the pockets of the faithful, since there’s no trade-in or upgrade route, all the folk that have already splashed out to have the latest overpriced “must have” shiny box will have to throw them away, having had them for only a matter of months, and shell out for the newest one, or be left behind with an old-fashioned, obsoleted, uncool gadget.

Now, we all know that that’s option 2 is never going to happen with the faithful, and they’ll happily dip into their pockets, and empty them to fill Apple’s coffers to buy the newest version – and folk complain about Microsoft.

Update

This post gost lost when it was originally made a few weeks ago, and it was filed away as a draft I just noticed today.

Since then, the “new and improved” iPhone has been released as expected and predicted – only weeks after its launch! I knew Apple were keen to rip-off their blind followers, but that’s ridiculous, and one can only assume the release of the first piece of junk at an inflated price was just a cynical ploy to boost sales, knowing the faithful iLemmings would ditch their old “unkewl” version, and go running for an upgraded models to flash around.

The Gadget show was keen to confirm this. as the bald geek was filmed getting up in the middle of the night so he could be at the Apple dealer’s door, ready to buy another iPhone – having just bought one a matter of weeks before (or did the Gadget Show pay for one or both?).

And what a rip-off he proved, as the newer iPhone boasts a faster network connection, more memory and more… (oh, find out yourselves – I don’t work selling iCrap), whatever it has more of and goes faster with, it costs less than the launch model, which was less than impressive unless you were wearing Apple-tinted glasses.

I wonder if there’s any truth in the story about the Apple bosses taking out insurance in case they get injured from falling off their pay packets?