Seeing as the iPhone turned five-years-old today, lets take a moment to look at how at least one of the biggest names in the tech industry reacted to it when it first appeared.
Steve Ballmer, the current CEO of Microsoft, has long been a bit of a sideshow in tech circles. From the insane rantings about developers, to his early days as a company pitchman, Ballmer has had some … odd moments.
In what has become another famous Ballmer moment, we see him laughing off the possible success of the iPhone. He goes on to discuss how successful the Windows Phone (the old version of Windows Phone, not the current one) models are doing, and the fact that the iPhone lacking a physical keyboard would be a hindrance.
While I highly doubt that anyone could have predicted just how successful the iPhone would go on to be, there is wrong and then there is monumentally wrong. Guess which camp Mr. Ballmer belongs to.
Hindsight is indeed 20/20, and it’s easy to chuckle at this now, but you do have to say it was impossible to predict … but to get it this wrong?