“That Thing Will Never Fly”: iPhone Turns 5

 –How overwhelming skepticism can be the sign of a ground-breaking idea.

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Last week the iPhone turned 5 years old. Blogs and news sources everywhere took this as an opportunity to praise the device and the profound impact it has had on the world of technology.

However, I can’t help but think back to when the iPhone was first announced. Like most ground-breaking technology, it was originally met with a great deal of skepticism. It’s funny to think about now. But what’s even funnier is this 2008 article from Mac Daily News – still online for our viewing pleasure – where we can read a list of quotes from nay-sayers who were so confident in their assertions that the iPhone would be a massive failure. My favorite quotes are below, but you can read the hilarious full article here.


“The iPhone is going to be nothing more than a temporary novelty that will eventually wear off.” 

– Gundeep Hora, CoolTechZone Editor-in-Chief, April 02, 2007


“What does the iPhone offer that other cell phones do not already offer, or will offer soon? The answer is not very much… Apple’s stated goal of selling 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008 seems ambitious.” 

– Laura Goldman, LSG Capital, May 21, 2007


“We are not at all worried. We think we’ve got the one mobile platform you’ll use for the rest of your life. [Apple] are not going to catch up.” 

– Scott Rockfeld, Microsoft Mobile Communications Group Product Manager, April 01, 2008


“iPhone may well become Apple’s next Newton.” 

– David Haskin, Computerworld, February 26, 2007


“I can’t believe the hype being given to iPhone… I just have to wonder who will want one of these things (other than the religious faithful)… So please mark this post and come back in two years to see the results of my prediction: I predict they will not sell anywhere near the 10M Jobs predicts for 2008.” 

– Richard Sprague, Microsoft Senior Marketing Director, January 18, 2007


For the record, Apple sold 11.6 million iPhones in 2008. To date, over 200 million have been sold.

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