Originally Posted by NEWBIE BERRY
The only reason the iphone is causing such a consumer buzz is because of the name. Apple captured the digital mp3 market with the ipod (even that one baffles me) and now the name iphone has caught on. I have a cheap ass san disk mp3 player and it works just as good as an ipod if not better because it supports more formats! Apple and all their proprietary formats can kiss.... You know. And apple knows the consumers will keep paying their prices so they probably will not change anything about their stupid phone.
You know, I question Apple's motives with the fixed battery. They got plenty of complaints with the iPod over it so you would think for a mobile phone they would make the iPhone battery removable.
Maybe you are right, Apple figures Apple fanatics will buy anything Apple makes, so that is a big enough market for the iPhone. Other than this, I'm not sure what Apple's motive is, but it can't be to gain a new following, the other 95% of people who use PCs.
It could be that they calculate a high percentage of iPod owners will move to the iPhone. Apple announced that they have now sold the 100 millionth iPod. So are they thinking people will now fork over $650 for a phone that includes another iPod? I don't think so.
As to PC owners, assuming that non-Apple users own iPods, I can imagine that Apple thinks the current iPhone will win PC users over. But in line with what you say, PC users [who have an iPod] are used to options, and plenty of them. They don't take kindly to Apple's methods of keeping its customers in line. [E.g., a non-removable battery that you have to spend $110 to have replaced ONLY by Apple.] What a bunch of control freak fools.