Enderle claims iPhone 3G launch like Vista
"Clearly, Apple is having manufacturing and software problems," independent analyst Rob Enderle says. "A star product like the iPhone does a lot of great things for Apple, but when things go wrong, it can bring down the entire image of a company."
What I believe is more likely to have happened is that demand for the product was far higher than even Apple could have predicted. Though there have been problems with some of the software, it's sheer demand that is leading to hardware shortages and activation problems, and that's not all Apple's fault.
MobileMe (which Yahoo wrongly attributes as primarily being a business solution, when in fact it's aimed at consumers who don't have access to an Enterprise server) has had its share of problems, granted, but the iPhone 3G itself is a slick piece of hardware that Apple fans, through months of self-promotion, have gone wild for.
I'm not convinced that Apple's long-term reputation will be harmed by this. After all, people may be fed up waiting in line for the elusive handset, and having problems activating and syncing with MobileMe, but the fact is... they're still waiting and they're still wanting to buy.
Try saying that about Vista.
(Via Yahoo! News)
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