Originally Posted by FastLaneJB
I think the new iPhone needs to be available for sale the day that all those 2G first day buyers contracts expire. Sure they can roll on for a month but the point is those people are then entiled to upgrade.
If there is no new Apple iPhone to buy they might be tempted to get a new phone that isn't an iPhone. For instance they might get a Palm Pre and change networks.
If it comes out on that day then it's much more likely all those people that queued for the first iPhone will then queue for the 3rd iPhone on launch day. It would be highly in Apple's / AT&T's interests to tie these people up again for 2 more years plus the good publicity of huge launch queues again.
I agree but personally, due to apple tv, regardless of slow sales, the iPhone will never live up to it's potential. Instead of streaming video, hulu, slingbox, myspace, foxeports, MLB, flash, MPEG, xvid, and numerous others, apple fears it will lose sales to rentals.
I think whichever phone has the full on streaming will be the phone that wins. To sidetrack all the questions and lack of video steaming, apple will introduce some rather odd iPhone video ilfe sharing iMovie program. It will work at first, then become a novalty.
The Palm Pre is in the perfect position to take some marketshare. The are aging it well, waiting for the perfect window to launch. The ironic thing us that the iPhone is more than capable to be the media player and more, but like everything apple, a small minority, ie Apple TV, dictates the limits if the phone. Same thing with MacBook, small percent of Pro users would use MacBook for video audio, this no FireWire, low end GPU.
Apple really needs a change at the helm. Their resticted thinking is getting old, especially now in this world wide economy.