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iTunes phone delay due to clashing styles at Motorola, Apple

Motorola did not debut its mobile phone with support for Apple’s iTunes earlier this month because of the companies differing approach to launching new products. Motorola said it tends to show its phones weeks and sometimes months before they’re ready to ship, but Apple CEO Steve Jobs does not.

“The first thing you’re seeing here is a merger of two different industries with different ideas of launching products,” Ron Garriques, president of Motorola’s mobile phone division, said at a news conference at the CTIA wireless show in New Orleans. “Steve’s perspective is that you launch a product on Sunday and sell it on Monday.”

Garriques made it clear that the delay was not due to a disagreement with mobile phone carriers. “I’ve got lots of carriers fighting to be the first one we go with,” Garriques said.

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HAHA, so wait, Steve Jobs thinks that you introduce a product on Sunday and sell it Monday? Did I hear that correctly?

What a crock. Being someone who follows all of his keynotes for the past several years, I can say that a lot of times he does not do this. The iPod mini for example.


Posted by narco on March 16, 2005 at 8:38 AM (CST)


For goodness sake. Its just excuse after excuse after excuse with this lot. What a pallava.

Posted by iPodNod on March 16, 2005 at 9:27 AM (CST)


About 50% of the time when Apple introduces a new product it will be out the next day at their stores. Usually if it’s a complete redesign or new product there’s a delay but if it just has to do with a upgrade it’s out right away.

Posted by Weasel on March 16, 2005 at 10:01 AM (CST)


If what you say is correct, Weasel, then the article is misleading. It would have you believe that Apple’s/Jobs’ philosophy is that you DON’T debut a product UNTIL it’s already in stock in the stores, ready to go out the door the next day.

And, again, if what you say is correct, this is a NEW product from Motorola and NOT an upgrade to an existing one. So, you would think that Jobs’ and Motorola’s philosophies or actual practices on such product debuts aren’t all that far apart as we would be led to believe.

Posted by jinzo-ningen on March 16, 2005 at 11:24 AM (CST)


Adding on, though it seems to me that the article’s description of Apple’s debut/available for purchase philosophy is more accurate, from what little Apple product purchasing experience I’ve had.

Posted by jinzo-ningen on March 16, 2005 at 11:26 AM (CST)


ahah moto shows phones before they even exist. ;) ie the history of the MPx

Posted by Xenious on March 16, 2005 at 2:10 PM (CST)


I’ve only been following Apple since late 2001 when they first debuted the iPod but since then I’ve followed every annoucement closely. Stuff like the 2g iPod, the initial mini iPod’s, and iMac’s weren’t in stores right away. Lately though must stuff has been out the next day like the shuffle.

Posted by Weasel on March 16, 2005 at 2:17 PM (CST)



What Motorola is saying might not be true of all Apple’s past releases, but true about THIS release.

And Apple seldom pre-announces before ANY product is available.

So this isn’t delaying the phone, just delaying the announcement until there IS a phone.

Posted by Nagromme on March 16, 2005 at 3:34 PM (CST)


please tell me verizon is going to get these phones!!!!

Posted by zsmith66 on March 16, 2005 at 4:12 PM (CST)


No, it’ll most likely be Cingular. Cingular gets everything these days.


Posted by narco on March 16, 2005 at 6:11 PM (CST)


I know Motorola has a history with Apple, but WHY would ANYONE want a Motorola phone, even if it plays DRM AAC files?

Posted by flatline response on March 22, 2005 at 2:49 PM (CST)

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