I just read Terry White's post Nike+iPhone - (Nike+) Shoes = Flexibility, and it reminded me how negative an experience I have had with Nike on this product. Like Terry, I am a huge Nike fan and have been loyal to them my entire life. Here is my frustration.
When I made a decision to get back into running, I looked for a solution to track my runs. I found Nike+, yet it wasn't compatible to the existing iPhone (Original, version 1). I contacted Nike by email and Apple to inquire about when the Nike+ would be compatible with the iPhone. The response I received was that Apple did not recommend running with the iPhone due to the hard drive, and it recommended using the Nano. Not the response I wanted, but I trusted the advice and figured that this option would never be developed.
So, far Christmas, I received a Nano, Nike+, and Nike+ Shoes. Add it up, it's over $300 worth of merchandise. Shortly after, the iPhone 3G came out with GPS and my wife purchased it for herself. With this phone, I then located Runkeeper, which is a GPS based iPhone application which tracks your run. It does everything from tracking your pace, location and elevation. This is a great app, and at a great price.
So here I am, with my 1st Generation iPhone and Nano + Nike+ system. Then Apple announces newer iPhones will work with Nike+. While the Nike+ has worked well for me and is a good (not the best) product, I haven't been happy with the communication and product release process for Nike and Apple.
When it's time for me to get a new phone, it will definitely be the newest generation of iPhone, but I will be switching away from using Nike+ and will use Runkeeper due to far superior fitness tracking. By the way, my next shoes will be Nikes.
Disclosure: I have not received any compensation for any product mentions in this post (does that cover my necessary disclosure? Who knows?)