De Telegraaf posted an interview it had recently with the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak.
Steve revealed that Apple had collaborated with a Japanese electronics company to build a phone in 2004, three years before the iPhone was unveiled.
“Apple was satisfied with the quality of the smartphone but wanted something it could amaze the world with. When Apple releases products, they need to be groundbreaking. Companies should hold off on entering markets until they have a seriously compelling product to offer. Products like that need to be be developed in isolation from the rest of the company, and it requires developers to steer clear from paths already traveled.“The iPhone has very few weak points. There are no serious complaints or issues. When it comes to quality, the iPhone leads the way. Apple has shown the world what direction we’re going.”