Originally Posted by Inkling
Apple has got me so ticked off, I'll probably put my energy into getting a 1-G iPhone cheap and forget buying these ho-hum iPod touches. That way, Apple won't get a penny and I'll probably save money.
I need a camera, and I need a mike and I don't want to pay AT&T fees. I also need them soon. I thought I would get that in the new touches. Instead, Apple is giving the tiny Nano more features but not the iPod touch. Why? With that tiny 2.2-inch Nano screen you can't see much of what you've taken and the equally tiny battery isn't likely to last long in video mode.
What's going on? If Apple has production problems with camera-equipped touches, they should say so, give us the details of new touch, and a release date. This cult of secrecy is such a pain. You'd think they were the Kremlin circa 1935. Both have a cult-like obsession with not admitting mistakes.
Still worse is the possibility that Apple wants to build high walls between its products, doling out features in odd ways to fit a marketing straight-jacket. The iPhone would be for work and business for those with the money. The touch is for games but not recreation, hence the lack of a camera and the boring length of game promotion today. Color touch users fat and flabby couch potatoes. The Nano is for mostly outdoor recreation (camera and Nike added), but has nothing that lets you get work done. If so, it's stupid move. Users don't want to klutz with 2-3 gadgets.
To add insult to injury, I just checked the specs on the new touches. The 8 gig model ships with the old-style earphones not the remote earphones and without a plastic dock adapter. Total saving for Apple? Probably about 25 to 50 cents. Cost to customers who don't want to pull their touch out of their pocket every time they pause music: $30 That stinks. Heck, even the cheap little $59 Shuttle ships with remote earphones. While Jobs was gone, the niggling little bean counters seem to have been running Apple. This is the unfortunate result.I hate companies that treat their customers as if they were stupid, and that's precisely how I feel Apple is treating its customers now.
The nano got better, the touch got better (just not as big as an improvement as the nano), while the 8 GB touch got cheaper. While I understand how frustrating it is that the touch doesn't have a camera, your rant is completely off-base. Apple doesn't owe you anything. They aren't treating their customers as if they are stupid, they just didn't give you everything you wanted and you are whining.
They aren't stupid either. The touch was by far the best selling ipod, and it will continue to be with its incremental improvements. The nano was in need of a facelift and it got it. It is much more attractive now and will sell more units. Why would Apple explain why there is no camera on the touch? They never said that it would have one. Apple doesn't have to give an explanation to the rumor community.
Finally, why would they release a new ipod touch and then say "if you wait two months we will have the production problems solved and a new model with a camera will be released"??? Who would buy the touch they just anounced then? The shipping date isn't too hard to figure out either given Apples history. The earliest the touch will get a camera is probably next year around this time. For whatever reason the camera didn't make the cut for this year, deal with it.
PS: Remember that you buying a 1st gen iPhone wont give Apple any money directly, but you are enabling someone else to go buy a new 3GS which will give Apple a lot of money. Don't buy stuff to spite Apple, buy what you want. If Apple doesn't make what you want, buy from someone else (although I doubt that you will find what you are looking for elsewhere).