Gizmodo’s article “Apple iPod Touch Calendar Can’t “Add” Appointments: Why, and What’s Else is Being Crippled?” absolutely caught my attention. In their article, they indicated that Apple has removed the ability to add events in the iPod touch’s calendar. That’s right, you can’t add appointments! Why would you even buy the device?
Gizmodo has a couple of screen shots showing where Apple has removed the words “entering calendar events” from its US features page. You get to see the before and after and then you have to start to wonder … about Apple.
I can fully understand Apple removing the CSR Bluetooth chip to make the iPod touch cheaper than the iPhone. It’s a cost-saving measure, and they owe to their shareholders to save money and increase profits. But taking a line of code out of a program to make some people buy the iPhone is a dodgy and surprising move by Apple. It may be normal for Redmond, but certainly not for Cupertino. As with shareholders, they also owe their customers some respect.
And yes, it’s Apple’s choice and they can do whatever they want as a company. However, these practices are quite different from what Apple has been doing in the past with all their products, including Mac OS X vs Mac OS X Server. Segmentation is fine, but having a phone and EDGE and SMS and Bluetooth built in in the iPhone is enough feature differentiation to justify the current $100 price gap. Why limit a simple piece of software and risk customer alienation?
Take a moment and read Gizmodo’s article here