In Pictures: Five years ago they said the iPhone would be a flop ... Now?

Pundits who got it wrong explain why ... or deny that they did

David Platt: author, teacher, wrong about the iPhone

David Platt has written 11 programming books and teaches Programming .NET at the Harvard University Extension School. On June 21, 2007, he wrote a blog post, "Apple iPhone Debut to Flop, Product to Crash in Flames." It begins:

"The forthcoming (June 29) release of the Apple iPhone is going to be a bigger marketing flop than Ishtar and Waterworld (dating myself again, aren't I) combined. And it's not for reasons of price, or limited cell carrier options, or lack of corporate IT support, which are the mainstream media's main caveats when they review it. (See the June 19 issue of the Wall Street Journal for the latter). … Instead, the iPhone is going to fail because its design is fundamentally flawed."

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