There was panic at the Blackberry HQ after the iPhone was unveiled in 2007, claims ex-employee.
When Steve Jobs took stage in 2007 to unveil the ‘revolutionary’ iPhone to the world, executives at RIM called it bluff saying the device was ‘impossible’ to achieve.
A poster at Shacknews, by the handle of Kentor, claiming to be an ex-employee at RIM, revealed that there was panic among the top dogs of the company when iPhone was first shown. There were several all-hands meeting on Jan 10, 2007, a day after the iPhone was announced. RIM believed that Apple’s wondrous smartphone would not live up to the hype, and that it would an “insanely power hungry processor” to run what was then version 1.0 of iOS (then known as iPhone OS).
”Imagine their surprise [at RIM] when they disassembled an iPhone for the first time and found that the phone was battery with a tiny logic board strapped to it,” he said.
”Coming from a two-way pager background, RIM decided that phones should have two-way push synchronization of pretty much everything that Exchange provided along with a limited WML browser. The general thought was that phones would never have sufficient power density or radios sufficient bandwidth to allow anything more. That was incredibly predictably wrong, but it’s how things went down,” he said.
At the time of writing, the original post on Shacknews has been taken down, although iClarified appeared to have saved a large part of the post.