Apple’s original code name for the iPhone was “Project Purple.” Per Steve Jobs’ request, only current Apple employees were allowed to work on the project. An internal team of 1,000 employees was assembled to work on “Project Purple” and in January 2007 Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. On June 29, 2007, iPhone was available for purchase.
As has been the case with other Apple product launches, there were some doubters. Here are 3 blog posts, all written in the weeks leading up to iPhone’s launch in 2007, that predicted that the iPhone would fail:
The forthcoming (June 29) release of the Apple iPhone is going to be a bigger marketing flop than Ishtar and Waterworld
In the gold rush of 1849, prospectors checked their finds with Aqua Regia, a mixture of hydrochloric and nitric acids. If a sample passed the acid test, it was the real thing. When Apple introduces its iPhone this month, will it pass the acid test? In my opinion, no.
To be fair, the author of this post later said, “I was certainly wrong about the iPhone, which turned out to be a miracle of engineering.”
The introduction of the iPhone will be the first miscue for the company and send its shares, priced for perfection tumbling.
Todd Sullivan, the author of this post, later told Network World, “”I was wrong about everything on it except for the price drop to $299. – Sent from my iPhone”