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

Mitchell Ashley, IT executive, blogger, wrong about the iPhone

Lest anyone accuse me of going easy on my employer. ... On Jan. 11, 2008, IT professional and former Network World contributor Mitchell Ashley, writing on his "Converging on Microsoft" blog, authored a post with the headline: "Apple iPhone Doomed To Failure." It begins:

"I've blogged in the past about Apple's remarkable ability to innovate and set new directions in our industry. But as much as Apple is able to innovate, they are just as inept at dominating markets they enter. The iPod is really the only exception, and iPhone will fail to dominate as so many other Apple products have failed to in the past.

"The iPhone is certain to fade into history ..."

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