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Goodbye 4GB iPhone, Hello iPod Touch Also Known As The iPhone With Just Wi-Fi And More Storage

Steve Jobs graced us with his presence today and now we have more iPhone news to share. First up, Apple is killing the 4GB iPhone and dropping the price of the 8GB iPhone to $399. If you're still anxious to get an iPhone you can now buy one of the last 4GB iPhones for only $299.

Steve Jobs graced us with his presence today and now we have more iPhone news to share. First up, Apple is killing the 4GB iPhone and dropping the price of the 8GB iPhone to $399. If you're still anxious to get an iPhone you can now buy one of the last 4GB iPhones for only $299.Oh, and now you can put ringtones on your iPhone. For just $0.99, you can turn 30 seconds of any song you buy on iTunes into a ringtone for your iPhone. This option is only available for roughly 10 percent of the iTunes catalogue. And that $0.99 is in addition to the buck you plunked down for the song in the first place. Say what you will, Steve Jobs knows how to make a blood bank out of a turnip patch.

In other Apple news today Jobsnote, blogger Christopher Null reports that Apple released the iPod Touch, a device that essentially looks like an iPhone except that it only has Wi-Fi and it doesn't have a cellular wide area radio. The iPod Touch uses the same user experience of the iPhone but leverages it to the iPod platform.

While the iPod Touch is hardly groundbreaking, it shows Apple's commitment to maintaining a seamless and consistent user experience across its devices. I content that Apple's commitment to this consistency in experience is the key reason this company continues to do so well.

Frankly, I've been waiting for an iPod like the Touch for a really long time. Many wireless bloggers (including yours truly) have argued that Apple needed a Wi-Fi iPod, and now with the Touch -- and the new iTunes Wi-Fi service -- it's here.

Apple competitors, take note. So long as you continue to peddle balkanized user experiences and Apple continues to offer the same, high-quality experience, the iPhone and Apple's other mobile devices will continue to gain market share and hoard all the cache.

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