Steve Jobs Flips Early Adopters the Bird, Says "That's Life"
The embodiment of all things cool, Steve Jobs, sat down with USA Today reporters yesterday for a brief Q&A session, still basking in iPod afterglow and wearing his halo. When the subject of iPhone's controversial price cut came up, he casually shrugged off concern, saying "That's technology. If they bought it this morning, they should go back to where they bought it and talk to them. If they bought it a month ago, well, that's what happens in technology." I know that statement is sure to rub salt in many open wounds. Sorry guys, but you didn't really expect him to hand out free iPod nanos to early adopters, did you?
One statement that resonates with me, in light of my brain excretion posted yesterday, is Jobs view on the potential impact iPod Touch will have on iPhone sales. His jobness quipped, "If anybody is going to cannibalize us, I want it to be us. I don't want it to be a competitor." Cute, but evasive as usual. Cannibalization is a bad thing, and you can bet Apple will be monitoring sales trends closely.