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Apple iPhone Price Drop Plus New Touchscreen IPods

Apple announced a new slate of IPods today including a 8 mm thick touchscreen one that looks just like the iPhone, only slimmer.

The current slate of iPods/iPhones are:

  • iPod Shuffle ($79)
  • iPod Nano ($149, $199)
  • iPod Classic, ($249, $349)
  • iPod Touch, ($299, $399)
  • iPhone ($399) – this is a two hundred dollar price drop

The cool thing is that there is an easy hack for the iPhone that doesn’t void the warranty that allows the installation of an ebook reader. I am totally happy with it and will blog about it once I can get the screenshot utility to work. With the new iPod Touch and the lower priced iPhone, Apple has a viable alternative for ebook reading.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Angela James
    Sep 05, 2007 @ 13:48:24

    The cool thing is that there is an easy hack for the iPhone that doesn't void the warranty that allows the installation of an ebook reader.

    You’ve totally rekindled my desire for an iPhone.

  2. Meljean
    Sep 05, 2007 @ 14:00:24

    I lust after one, but I don’t want one to read on — I just want to be super kewl.

  3. Jane
    Sep 05, 2007 @ 14:02:15

    Angie – it only reads htmls and txt files and there is no bookmarking utility but I am happy with it. I’ve read quite a few books on it this past week. Thank god for hackers.

  4. Jane
    Sep 05, 2007 @ 14:02:55

    Meljean – you are already super kewl. No need for an iPhone, although I bet your wonder woman doll would love it. She could text Batman.

  5. Meljean
    Sep 05, 2007 @ 14:06:53

    “Pls meet me @ cave. I hav lasso 4 u.”

  6. Meljean
    Sep 05, 2007 @ 14:07:59

    Of course, the question remains: would Batman ever say, “messy me”? :-D

  7. May
    Sep 05, 2007 @ 14:52:03

    On the one hand, I wished I had waited, because I got an iPod nano a week ago.

    But on the other hand, I already have an ebook reader that just refuses to die–I’m going to regret saying this, I’m sure.

  8. Sarah McCarty
    Sep 05, 2007 @ 17:43:57

    Will the hack for the iphone work on the touch ipod?

  9. DS
    Sep 05, 2007 @ 21:29:33

    Wow, I thought the price drop wouldn’t occur until after Christmas. We were going to replace our Razrs with iphones as an end of the year gift from the corporation. Looks like the end of the year may come early.

  10. Jane
    Sep 05, 2007 @ 21:46:00

    I really don’t know. I am not sure what the innards are but the hackers would know right away.

  11. Ann Bruce
    Sep 05, 2007 @ 22:08:37

    Apple is following the same business model as Motorola and Nokia for their phones. When the Razr first came out, it was at the $400 mark. Today, you can get it for less than $100.

    I’m so glad I waited to buy the iPhone. :)

  12. Roslyn
    Sep 06, 2007 @ 09:24:06

    See, now I’m paranoid. If he’s presenting all this now, what’s he got up his sleeve for the MacWorld conference? I don’t care, damnit, come to mama iPhone.

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