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Steve Jobs has a change of heart

Yesterday's announcement of the $200 price reduction for the 8GB iPhone was a shock to the system. No one in the industry was expecting it and customers that had already purchased the machine at the $599 price point were fuming mad. To get an idea about how angry some customers were, look no further than this thread at Mac Rumors which is 1500+ posts long.

Steve Jobs got also got an earful with irate customers and his inbox was overloaded with customer complaints about the $200 price cut after only two months on the market.  In an open letter to all iPhone customers, Steve Jobs expressed his "observations and conclusions."

"First, I am sure that we are making the correct decision to lower the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399, and that now is the right time to do it," said Jobs. "It benefits both Apple and every iPhone user to get as many new customers as possible in the iPhone 'tent'. We strongly believe the $399 price will help us do just that this holiday season."

On the flipside, Jobs was also sympathetic to the outrage expressed by existing iPhone owners. “Therefore, we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store," Jobs continued.

Jobs noted that more details will be posted next week as Apple and AT&T work out the details of the program.

$100 of in-store credit isn't exactly the same thing as $200 in cold cash, but it's surely better than nothing at all.

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100.00 at an apple store....
By teng029 on 9/6/2007 8:53:11 PM , Rating: 2
should buy you what? a mighty mouse?

RE: 100.00 at an apple store....
By TomZ on 9/6/2007 10:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
Mighty mouse - yet another incomplete Apple product. I'm sure they'll add a second mouse and be heralded as a wonderful innovation.

RE: 100.00 at an apple store....
By rdeegvainl on 9/7/2007 2:07:35 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, could you imagine a multi point interface system on a computer, having 2 mice not be that bad, though make it 100% optional, cause of people who don't want to use 2 mice, but i can multi task like Shiva, so i wouldn't mind the option, and especially now that multi core procs are becoming so commonplace it will help make sure your computer is keeping things running smoothly, of course it would take time to get use to but i see allot of possibility in that, kind of like multi point touch input just with a couple mice would be nice ;)

RE: 100.00 at an apple store....
By TomZ on 9/7/2007 10:29:37 AM , Rating: 2
That's cool, but I guess I meant they'd add another "button" (not mouse)...

By rdeegvainl on 9/8/2007 9:13:18 AM , Rating: 2
oh, i am suddenly saddened and downtrodden. :(

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook
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