The first touch screen
Among all the turmoil surrounding RIM today (critics say the tech behemoth is falling from relevance because of its reluctance to change) was a very telling quote from Mike Lazaridis. As reported by a sprawling Boy Genius feature, the co-CEO was known to have said in 2005 that "there will never be a BlackBerry with an MP3 player or camera." At the time, his reasoning may have been fine - the U.S. government was their biggest client - but in hindsight the declaration seems woefully short-sighted. And perhaps it was because of such management strategies that RIM was late to market on a number of smartphone innovations, such as MP3 players and cameras (unveiled on BlackBerrys by 2006) and the touch-screen phone, which RIM wouldn't roll out until the 2008 holiday season, when it released the 9530 Storm, about a year-and-a-half after the iPhone began flying off shelves.
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