In Pictures: Five years ago they said the iPhone would be a flop ... Now?

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Al Ries, marketing consultant, author, wrong about the iPhone

Al Ries is a marketing expert and prolific author who with his daughter, Laura Ries, runs the Ries & Ries consultancy in Roswell, Ga. An AdAge blog post by Ries on June 18, 2007, carried the headline: "Why the iPhone will fail." It began:

"When Apple introduces its iPhone this month, will it pass the acid test?

"In my opinion, no.

"Prediction No. 1: The iPhone will be a major disappointment."

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