Yesterday we celebrated with Apple the 10th birthday from the darling of the company, iPhone. Everyone is tired of reading and writing about how revolutionary this device was. Nowadays we know this very well and we recognize it, of course; but do you remember how people reacted arrival of an innovative device with screen multi touch, built-in iPod, phone, internet all together?
As always good laugh to remember, the Telegraph made a compilation of reactions and "predictions" that we can certainly say were wrong (and ugly).
Steve Ballmer: ?No Chance of Meaningful Market Share?
To get started cracking, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the time gave Apple a good laugh when asked about Ma's new device. According to him, the iPhone would be a "niche" product and that Microsoft would dominate the smartphone market.
There is no chance for the iPhone to capture a significant portion of the market. No chance. a subsidized $ 500 item. They can make a lot of money. But if you really take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that are sold, I'd rather have our software on 60%, 70% or 80% of them than have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple may have. .
It's always worth remembering that in the third quarter of 2016, the iPhone grabbed 11.5% of the market; j Windows Phone got 0.4% ?
TechCrunch: ?We predict the iPhone will be a failure?
Writing about the ?future? of technology, Seth Porges said the Apple device had been announced without being ready, stating that the touchscreen would be useless.
This virtual keyboard will be as useful for writing emails and text messages as a dial phone. Don't be surprised if a sizable portion of iPhone shoppers express some remorse about exchanging their BlackBerries when they spend an extra hour a day sending emails.
In English, the phrase used by Porges was ?() The iPhone Will Bomb?. Maybe if they had said that about the Galaxy Note7, the building would be correct. Sorry, sorry I could not resist!
It's hilarious to read this, but he wasn't wrong about everything except the parts that talk about the low battery and the fragility of the screens really make sense.
Nokia: ?It Doesn't Change Our Way of Thinking?
Nokia E65, same-time iPhone release model
Before the arrival of the iPhone, everyone had a Nokia (I already had one and you, unless you're young, probably already had). At the time, headed by Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, Nokia was the largest smartphone company in the world and did not seem to be shaken by the arrival of the new "companion".
I don't think what we have seen so far (from Apple) is something that would require us to change our thinking about openness, our software and our business approach anyway.
But the fact that Apple is entering the market in general, I think it will stimulate it, is very clear. I think it will be good for the industry and I welcome it.
In 2010, Kallasvuo was replaced by Stephen Elop who, a year later, wrote a note to his employees saying that the company could not adapt.
John Dvorak: "Apple should have given up on the iPhone"
A market can change dramatically overnight, and in technology this seems to happen much more often than companies would like. But it seems that John Dvorak did not take this into account when he said that there would be no more place in the mobile market because of the duo Nokia and Motorola.
The problem here is that while Apple can do well in fashion as well as any other company, there is no evidence that it can be fast enough. These phones come in and out of fashion so quickly that unless Apple has half a dozen variants, your phone, even if immediately successful, will be forgotten within three months.
There is no likelihood that Apple can succeed in such a competitive business. Even in the clearly pioneering field of personal computer, it has had to compete with Microsoft and can only sustain a 5% market share.
The hilarious part of the publication when he says that Apple is risking her reputation and that if she were smart, would pass the iPhone to some "own" manufacture with the income of others. The best part? ?She should do it immediately before it's too late. Samsung could be a candidate. ?
BlackBerry: 's one more competitor'
It is just one more participant in an already crowded space with many choices for consumers. But when it comes to switching to the BlackBerry, I think it's an exaggeration.
Ten years later, the company announced last year that it will no longer produce cell phones.
The Telegraph: ?Impressively simple?
Of course, because it is the vehicle that gathered these pearls, Telegraph I wouldn't be out of this. But unlike the above, they were able to test the new device first and then give the verdict.
I do not apologize at all for my enthusiasm for this device. Simply one of the most beautiful gadgets I have ever tested. At the same time, incredibly simple and surprisingly clever, the idiot-proof interface does a great job of distracting you to avoid thinking that the iPhone is really a handheld computer for all intents and purposes; It runs a stripped down version of Apple's acclaimed computer operating system, OS X, and one of the reasons hackers have so enthusiastically investigated the iPhone: they almost smell the power of latent computing hidden within it.
Not to mention that everything is flowers, they did not forget to mention the lack of 3G and the fact that it was available on only one carrier there in the UK (as well as in the US).
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This, of course, just to name a few!
The comments turned out to be a lot of fun because the story was a little (a lot?) Different than most predicted. But anyway, it's very interesting to see how things change without us noticing.
By the way, if you're already on this nostalgic wave, how about taking a look at our own reviews of iPhone generations? We haven't had it since the first, but if you have fun reading and comparing, just like me, here are all we've done: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, and iPhone 7 Plus.
(via Daring Fireball)