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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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RE: Note to all Apple haters
By Samus on 9/7/2007 3:59:20 AM , Rating: 2
Uhh, Daven, the reason you think Apple is a great company is wrong. Correcting your mistakes isn't as good as not screwing your customers over with shady quality, highly overpriced products to begin with.

Apple is anything but loyal to its customers. They lost my 15 years of support when they switched to Intel. Motorola and IBM were doing just fine for them, and considering x63 code can be recompiled effortlessly to Cell architecture, Apple should have just stuck with them.

Could you imagine how well MacOS/Linux would run on a 64-bit multi-core cell platform when you take the raw graphical and FPU power into account. Sure, it isn't great for Windows, but christ just look at PS3's linux numbers when used with an optimized kernel.


"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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