8 long years ago the first ever iPhone was announced by the late Steve Jobs. It's easy to think now that it was always going to be a huge success, Steve thought so, however a lot of people certainly didn't.
Reddit user /u/Intensely posted a web-archive link to the original Engadget article that accompanied the keynote on January 9th 2007. The comments on the article are absolutely brilliant. It's easy to understand peoples concerns back then, but looking back now, they could't have been more wrong.
With the imminent release of the Apple Watch and the criticism that it's received so far, it's not hard to imagine the same thing happening here. Here's some of the best comments from that 2007 article:
"Apparently none of you guys realize how bad of an idea a touch-screen is on a phone. I foresee some pretty obvious and pretty major problems here.
I’ll be keeping my Samsung A707, thanks. It’s smaller, it’s got a protected screen, and it’s got proper buttons. And it’s got all the same features otherwise. (Oh, but it doesn’t run a bloatware OS that was never designed for a phone.)
Color me massively disappointed."
"Touch screen buttons? BAD idea. This thing will never work."
"Yay, the widescreen Video iPod is here….
But, yea, a touchscreen?
And, whats the battery life on that thing? Huge 3.5 inch display = no room for batteries = not good for battery life."
"Only 8 GB???"
"I’m not impressed with the iPhone. As a PDA user and a Windows Mobile user, this thing has nothing on my phone. It sure is good at what it was designed for, a phone that entertains and talks… other than that, I dont see much potential. How the hell am I suppose to put appointments on the phone with no stylus or keyboard?! I can sync it with my computer, but when Im on the go, I cant do either!"
"It took Apple how long to develop this ONE PHONE, Samsung and Motorola release new phones every few months lol, and constantly innovates and gets better. I’m sorry but if I’m sending text messages I’d rather have my thumb keyboard than some weird finger tapping on a screen crap."
Who knows what's in store? There's one thing for sure, you should never underestimate Apple.