The biggest flop of the 21st century

The iPhone platform has been around for just 18 months. In the last 4 months, for the first time ever:

  • Apple sold more iPhones than RIM sold BlackBerrys
  • The iPhone generated more revenue than the iPod or Macintosh

The iPhone is a huge success which is why these quotes are amusing.

There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It’s a $500 subsidized item.
— Steve Ballmer

I wonder when Microsoft is going to release a Zune with a built-in phone to overtake the iPod?

These phones go in and out of style so fast that unless Apple has half a dozen variants in the pipeline, its phone, even if immediately successful, will be passé within 3 months.
— John C. Dvorak

No wonder cranky John says, “iPhone and gPhone be damned! I’m sick of reading about new phones” in his latest PC Magazine column.

Nothing could be further from the truth. If the iPod is the biggest success of the 21st century then iPhone is likely to be the biggest flop of the 21st century.
— Laura Ries

I wonder how many people would hire self-proclaimed “marketing guru” Laura Ries? I find it odd that her company doesn’t list any actual clients on their website.

Posted in Apple at 5:33 PM