Woz: iPhone price drop was "too soon, too harsh"

Speaking at the ConnectWise Partner Summit in Tampa, Fla over the weekend, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said some provocative things about the iPhone's pricing and phone-related functionality."Nobody expects a product to drop that much in price in such a short time," said Wozniak.

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Speaking at the ConnectWise Partner Summit in Tampa, Fla over the weekend, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said some provocative things about the iPhone's pricing and phone-related functionality.

"Nobody expects a product to drop that much in price in such a short time," said Wozniak. "Steve Jobs and everyone expects technology to drop in price. The first adopters always pay a premium. I am one of them. I am used to that. But that one was too soon, too harsh."

Woz added that he still doesn't use the iPhone for voice, because of the "voice quality, being able to hear it." He also expressed a wish that iPhone be Bluetooth-enabled for hands-free use. "I like to be hands free and my voice dialing is not built into the iPhone yet," he says. "I expect that soon."

As to the Microsoft comparison, Woz raised the subject that Apple should have made the iPhone earlier, but actually was beaten to market by Sony's ultimately unsuccessful Clie.

"We have learned the formulas and a lot of that (innovative) thinking has gone away," he said. "Now we (at Apple) are a monopoly as much as Microsoft. If you're going to buy a Macintosh you're going to buy a Macintosh and we don't need quality to sell."

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