On the day of launch, the iPhone cost $599 – a few weeks later, it was $399. That was upsetting for iPhone early adopters.
Now iPod Touch early adopters have something to be upset about as well. Applications for Mail, Weather, Stocks, and Notes are all now available for your iPod Touch. If you haven’t bought an iPod Touch they’ll come included with your purchase. If, however, you bought your iPod Touch in the last few months since its debut, Apple wants to charge you $20 for the upgrade.
Here’s the really insulting part, in my view, though – there is no excuse for this $20 charge. One might be able to make the argument that there is cost on Apple’s part from servers and what not with users having to download the new Apps – but that isn’t the case. When you pay your twenty dollars you’re only a 30 second sync away from them working! So that means they’ve been sitting on your iPod Touch the ENTIRE TIME YOU’VE HAD IT.
I’m not an iPod Touch user, but I know some of you are, and from the emails and comments I’ve seen – I don’t think anyone is happy about this. Personally I think it’s a direct screwjob from Apple straight to you – and it’s this kind of nickel and diming that could eventually sway public opinion in a negative direction.
This is the second time in the last 6 months that Apple has done something like this to early adopters. Now, I understand new features shouldn’t always be free, and upgrades can cost money – but when you’re talking about a device people have only owned for a few months at BEST, and for a few weeks more likely, it’s very hard for me to justify sticking them for another $20.
This is bad Apple. Stop it. Not every iPod Touch and iPhone user is a member of the “Cult of Mac” and if you keep jabbing them like this, they may go find themselves another touchscreen to play with.