Wednesday, July 11, 2007

because the last thing apple wants is sales of a $600 product taking away sales from a $300 product

Another analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray said he expects Apple to bring out iPods that resemble iPhone, which features such as a touch-sensitive screen, later this year. Such products would help stop iPhone eating into iPod sales.
Same article, different "analyst":
"We believe that iPod Nano will be converted into a phone because it's probably the only way for Apple to launch a lower end phone without severely cannibalizing iPod Nano," he said noting that the new phone could have "rather limited functionality."
Yes, why would anyone buy a iPod Nano that only plays music when they could get a iPhone with "rather limited functionality" that requires a two-year service agreement with AT&T? (Plus, I will be impressed if Apple was able to make an iPhone the same size and sell roughly for the same price as a Nano.)


Tom Bozzo said...

You beat me to that one -- it had me wondering exactly what the job requirements were for 'technology analyst.'

BTW, yesterday's action led to a story today in which the iPhone Nano rumor was disavowed.

An interesting side note is that another Apple analyst speculation assumes that the 6th-gen iPod will be OS X-based but crippled by lack of Wi-Fi functionality. This makes me intensely curious as to the contents of the agreement between Apple and AT&T, since absent a contractual limitation against such a product, a hard drive Wi-Fi iPhone minus the phone seems like a no-brainer to me (at least inasmuch as it's the product I want until high-capacity flash drives are more affordable).

Ken Houghton said...

Tom, I covered that one on your blog.

It's a no-brainer, to be sure, but it requires a carrier that can support it.