FORTUNE -- "Behold the Apple iFlop" was TheStreet's headline. Bill Gates declared it not quite there yet. Paul Thurrott called it "a high priced, unnecessary trinket." Dan Lyons was let down. Eric Schmidt couldn't see the difference between a tablet and a large phone. John Dvorak couldn't see anyone under 30 ever wanting one.
And those were some of the nicer things the early critics had to say about Apple's (AAPL) iPad, which launched three years ago today.
The quotes come from the collection of AAPLInvestor's Terry Gregory, whose tribute to anti-iPad fatuousness has grown since the last time we visited from a couple dozen quotes to 234 items, each annotated with names, dates and live links.
Gregory's iPad Death Watch would be a trip down memory lane, except that the naysaying never seems to stop.
Thanks to Horace Dediu for the reminder.
Even for a stock as volatile as Apple, Wednesday was a weird one
According to Terry Gregory, who keeps track of such things at AAPLInvestors.net, Apple (AAPL) was set to register its 8th highest close of all time -- $408.25 -- Wednesday before the selling started. By 4 p.m., it had fallen to $402.64 a share, its 19th highest close.
Gregory's one-word comment on Investor Village's AAPL Sanity board: "Ugh."
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