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  • Red Hot Apple Products Continue to Force Lower Prices Among Competing Products


    Perhaps the most under-told story in the tech space today is how dramatically the success of Apple products is impacting the sales prices of what some would consider to be competing products. Just today, two examples of how iDevices and Apple TV are forcing new price points among competitors are making headlines.

    On Thursday, Logitech had to reveal that sales of the Google-TV-based "Revue" aren't working out so well. In fact, negative sales were seen in the previous quarter. That's right - returns actually surpassed sales. So how does Logitech respond? Thanks to Apple TV's attractive $99 price point, "Revue" will now be similarly priced as such.

    And the examples just keep rolling.

    It's no secret that iPhones, iPod touches, and the iPad have become - to a degree - some of the hottest platforms for mobile gaming in existence today. As a natural consequence, competing game-makers - but chiefly Nintendo - have been forced to modify their own business and sales models to better compete with the unanticipated contender in mobile gaming that is Apple.

    According to published reports this morning, the Nintendo 3DS - a relatively hot product that began retailing for $249.99 when it debuted in early spring - will have its price similarly gutted all the way down to $169.99 effective August 12th.

    What remains to be seen, however, is whether or not these price cuts can propel lagging sales for these products into the holiday shopping season and beyond.

    Source: MTV, Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Red Hot Apple Products Continue to Force Lower Prices Among Competing Products started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      None of those articles have anything to do with this one. But nice try. It doesn't change the fact that this article is implying that Apple alone is responsible for Nintendo's 3DS sales issues when in fact it is the tablet computer in general. And there are other tablets out there besides Apple. Apple is just the one being focused on because they hold the biggest numbers, but other manufacturers are taking chunks out of the market as well. And even at that the article link itself claims that the Nintendo 3DS' biggest competitor is it's predecessor and game development issues.

      And I find some of your article references amusing. How is it that Apple TV can "dominate" NetFlix when they are USING NetFlix to stream their content through Apple TV? Their dominating the iPad.....not NetFlix. And I also find it hilarious that they can classify the iPhone as a "portable gaming system" when it is designed and mainly used as a phone and music player. It is not a dedicated gaming system just because it has the ability to play games. They're comparing a smartphone sale to a portable gaming device sale. Walk into any electronics store and I'm pretty sure you won't find an iPhone in the XBox/PSP/Nintendo gaming console section......because it is not a portable gaming system......it's a portable PHONE/music player that just happens to have the ability to surf the web and play your average game where your fingers constantly get in the way via touchscreen controls. So naturally the ability to do all of those things combined with the virtual necessity for a cell phone nowadays will make it a more popular device. But ask anyone who has played a 3rd person shooter on a PSP vs. an iPhone and they will undoubtedly prefer the PSP.
      Ok.. I 100% agree with you on the fact the apple didn't cause this solely on their own.. i'm sure the economy had something to do with it, apple, other companies. Many things could have been the catalyst. As for those articles I didnt even read any.. im trying to make a point saying how i can search up nintendo in MMI and thats what I get... ive noticed writers seem to be very biased at times.

      As for walking into a best buy and asking for a gaming console. Yeah, you wouldn't find the iPhone or iPad there.. but what? because its not clearly defines as a gaming console its not? I can slide to unlock and press the APPS.. and I have more games then any best buy, Walmart, Game shop.. you name.. times are changing not everyone wants to carry around a PSP or 3DS or w/e. Why would you when can carry an iPod, Phone, gaming, email, web browsing you name it, basically a mini computer in your pocket.

      ps. read what I wrote.. "Regardless if Apple is the Direct cause or indirect cause, I'm willing to bet big time that Apple destroying the market."

      Don't twist my words.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      As for walking into a best buy and asking for a gaming console. Yeah, you wouldn't find the iPhone or iPad there.. but what? because its not clearly defines as a gaming console its not? I can slide to unlock and press the APPS.. and I have more games then any best buy, Walmart, Game shop.. you name.. times are changing not everyone wants to carry around a PSP or 3DS or w/e. Why would you when can carry an iPod, Phone, gaming, email, web browsing you name it, basically a mini computer in your pocket.
      You're right. Times are changing, but like I said....I don't think that just because something can play games classifies it as a gaming system. To me a gaming system is something who's primary design and usage purpose is playing games. PSP, DS, XBox, Playstation. You can surf the web on a DS, but would you call it a computer? Hopefully not. You can play games on a 10 yr old Motorola flip phone, but would you call it a gaming system? Hopefully not. Because it's primary purpose is that of a phone. Nobody is going to buy a $300 XBox and use it only to stream movies from NetFlix.

      But you are right....times are definitely changing and the ability of the iPad and iPhone to do multiple things is what has propelled them to more popularity than classic portable gaming-only systems. People like flexibility and devices that can handle multiple tasks and purposes at the same time....but an iPhone just isn't a true gaming system and I remain firm on that opinion. When people buy an iPad....they're not doing it for its gaming ability only. They are doing it because of its other more useful business applications as well as portable Internet functionality. Very few people if any will spend $500+ dollars on an iPad for their kid who only wants something that plays games when they can easily get a DS or PSP for much cheaper and be just as happy.

      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      ps. read what I wrote.. "Regardless if Apple is the Direct cause or indirect cause, I'm willing to bet big time that Apple destroying the market."

      Don't twist my words.
      I wasn't trying to twist your words, I'm trying to point out how biased the writer looks when he implies that Apple is the only cause of Nintendo or any other company's sales struggles when the articles themselves suggest otherwise. I have no doubt Apple is taking a chunk out of the portable gaming system market from Nintendo, but Apple is not the only tablet manufacturer....and just because they are the most popular does not reserve the right for the writer to exclude other players in the market in general that manufacture the same type of product. And the fact that this is an Apple-fanatic website doesn't mean a damn thing either because this site is constantly reporting and meddling in the affairs of other manufacturers such as HTC, Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft, etc. whether it has anything to do with Apple products or not.
    1. DigiNuke's Avatar
      DigiNuke -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone?3gs View Post
      Not really, the 3DS is marketed as a game console, but can do some of the basic things an iPod touch can do. Web browsing, music, multitasking, apps, and obviously gaming. The iPod touch isn't marketed primarily as a gaming device, but we all know that the iOS platform had taken a chunk out of nintendos market share. Yes, the iPod touch isn't marketed as a gaming device, but that's one of the main reasons of it's popularity. A lot of kids rather get an iOS device than a Ds these days. A lot. Nintendo's CEO has said himself that Apple is big competition. And there's a big reason.

      You can get an iPod touch for $199 and the money you saved from the 3DS, you can easily buy 10 good games.



      For you they might not be a competitor. But for most kids it doesn't really matter. It is competition based on the target audience, kids.

      The PSP was always more advanced than the DS, better graphics. "More appealing", it had features in the first gen that the Ds just got in it's 4th gen. But, it never stopped the DS from coming on top. The same way the iOS platform may have shorter and less appealing games, it still comes out on top for children's choice. (Yes there are exceptions to this )
      Remember that the 3DS is a new console with a huge graphic overhaul (almost gamecube/wii graphics now) with far better games then its predecessor. And keep in mind starting august 18th the 3DS will be selling for $169.99, thats enough left to buy every major eShop game with the difference in cost between said console and the Ipod/Iphone/Ipad.


      (and as you guess the 3DS is in...3D xD)
    1. Jacobh4's Avatar
      Jacobh4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone?3gs View Post
      You can get an iPod touch for $199 and the money you saved from the 3DS, you can easily buy 10 good games.
      Was thinking the same exact thing!