First thing first...thank got we finally have a proper forum
1) So my current bluetooth GS911 which I have had for only 18months will be useless for the new Wethead?...hmmm
That is evolution... it happened to the cars a couple of years ago.. when the OEM changes the physical hardware interface... not much we can do about it.. except anticipate it, which we did, and why we started the development of the new interface 4 years ago...
you can read more on the generations here: http://www.hexcode.co.za/products/gs-911/support/faq/will-the-k1600-ever-be-supported
2) From the looks the new one will finally be IPad/Iphone compatible?
Or as I like to see it.. finally the iPad/iPhone will be GS-911 compatible...
3) Suggestion....look at the possibility to give us some kind of a discount for current owners of GS911, when the new one comes out. Just to ease the pain a bit.
If point 3) will be implemented at a fair offer, then I will keep the old one for others with current/past bikes to help them out if required.
fair - it is such an open ended concept... Discounting an already very low cost product is not that easy when the margins are as small as they are... with the size of the market and the (already generous) market penetration the current Enthusiast GS-911 should be retailing for a lot more than it is... (which is why some people what to know why we are running this community project...)
People can buy a bash plate for $300-$400.. this bash plate is designed in less than a man-month... and then sent off for mass manufacturing... ...there are not 4 engineers, and a few other support staff that are working on the upgraded version on a daily basis... You've had your GS-911 for 18months.. every 3 months there is a new Beta version... that's a minimum of 6 updates... how many of those versions have you paid for?
Now back to the original question... of whether the initial price of $349 (or $299 for the USB-only version) was a fair price?
We have found an elegant solution (I think) to half of the problem.. in that the Professional interface is more expensive than the Enthusiast one... The thinking is clear... if you are making money using the tool, then you should be willing to contribute a little more to it's maintenance...
Hmmm - maybe we should implement that update fee that we were contemplating...