Originally Posted by desarc
i expected this just before Christmas. it's been 66 days.
at&t must have pressured Jobs to do this.
it's a SERIOUS insult to fans and early adopters to drop the price that much and that fast. i will NEVER be a day 1 adopter again. i'm going to sit it out and make sure all the bugs have been taken care of, and wait for a price drop or spec boost.
do you think the iPod touch will be $199 and $259 on november 1st? NO.
do you think the new Nano will be $99 and $129 on november 1st? NO.
do you think the new iMac will be $790 - $1199 on november 1st? NO.
Yeah, but they didn't come out with the huge hype (what else has) or with the insanely high price point.
The way I see it, Apple sorta had to do this. Imagine if they had started with a lower price point. There may have been mayham and long waiting lists and long complaints. Instead they sold very well and they had reviews that said "it is expensive, but worth it." Still, eventually the price had to come down to match the sales figures they want in the long term.
If they dropped the prices a little every month, that would have worked price wise, but it would have created more confusion for buyers--they would always wonder if waiting would get them a better price. The "shock" method of lowering prices is a shame for recent purchacers, but it reassures the market that prices will be stable at the new level for some time to come.
I'm not saying it does't hurt. And I will agree that I was surprised by the size of the drop. But this is the way of things these days...