There’s no doubt that hindsight is 20/20 vision, and who hasn’t at one time or another said something that’s come back to haunt them, but that doesn’t stop this story on Business Insider being pretty hilarious! According to the report, an anonymous former employee at Research In Motion (RIM), the company that makes the BlackBerry, has spilled the beans about what RIM thought about the brand new iPhone prior to its launch by Apple back in 2007. Apparently, RIM thought that the iPhone was “badly flawed” and that users were looking for “great battery life, great security, great mail handling, minimal network use, and a great keyboard experience.” Even better is the revelation that way back in 2005 RIM executives were trying to persuade RIM founder Mike Lazaridis into developing a web-enabled smartphone with a larger screen, but Lazaridis wasn’t to be swayed, insisting that the company focused on what he considered to be BlackBerry’s main strengths: a good keyboard and great email. Ah well, we can all be geniuses after the event, and RIM aren’t doing too bad themselves at present anyway!
Sources: Business Insider Research in Motion: Executives Thought The iPhone Was "Badly Flawed," And Assumed It Would Bomb