Since when does a technology company sell 1.7-million gadgets in three days and get dressed down for a clumsy product launch? I suppose it’s when MarketWatch’s Therese Poletti entered day 30 of a 90-day period with a 29 day supply of tampons.
Apple touted the fact that it has sold 1.7 million units of the device in its first three days on the market. The company is also reportedly working on a software update to fix the issue with the iPhone 4, similar to what it did for its iPhone 3G two years ago, when poor battery life and other technical issues plagued early adopters.
Sigh. And this is clumsy how? Oh, it’s not. My bad.
But such missteps may prove to be more costly now. Unlike two years ago, the iPhone is no longer the only compelling, touch-screen, Web-friendly smart phone available. Products like the Droid from Motorola and the Incredible from HTC are racking up big sales numbers.
Big? Yes. So big that no one wants you to know how big those numbers really are. Oh, and no one is standing in long lines to buy Android phones or BlackBerry phones or Microsoft phones.
Apple should not be resting on its laurels, nor can it afford to bungle new product launches with half-baked responses. Consumers now have plenty of other options in smart phones, and with better networks to choose from.
This is insightful analysis? This is the description of clumsy? If dropping 1.7-million phones in less than three days is clumsy, then what of other product launches which tout neither long lines nor sales numbers?
Please. Someone send Poletti a 60 day supply of tampons.