Earlier today, we reported that Apple has hired a Cable industry vet and long-time CableLabs exec Jean-François Mulé in the role of engineering director. This move is reportedly linked to Apple’s ambition to build a full-fledge TV.
I came under attack from several people with knowledge of the industry, who said Apple will not do such a thing on Google +. It’s just not viable they said.
Here is the thing – they were not alone. Many so-called experts felt the same about the iPhone in 2007.
Today we have Matther Lynn’s article for Bloomberg – Apple iPhone Will Fail in a Late, Defensive Move posted Jan 14, 2007:
[quote cite=”Bloomberg, Matthew Lynn – January 14, 2007″ url=”http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aRelVKWbMAv0&refer=home”] Few products have been launched with such a blizzard of publicity as Apple Inc.’s iPhone.
To its many fans, Apple is more of a religious cult than a company. An iToaster that downloads music while toasting bread would probably get the same kind of worldwide attention.
Don’t let that fool you into thinking that it matters. The big competitors in the mobile-phone industry such as Nokia Oyj and Motorola Inc. won’t be whispering nervously into their clamshells over a new threat to their business.
The iPhone is nothing more than a luxury bauble that will appeal to a few gadget freaks. In terms of its impact on the industry, the iPhone is less relevant.[/quote]