Apple turns 36: A flashback of its 8 Disastrous Products   3 comments

Apple has developed a reputation over the years, one which is stronger or almost same as the religious faith: “If Apple builds anything, it will be a success.”

The company which turned 36 on April 1st has always set a standard- for both success and failure. But if you are a person who think Apple never do wrong, then here is a list of products from Apple, which never justified the company’s name and was a complete disaster in the market.

Apple Pippin

Pippin was a multimedia platform designed by Apple in a goal to create an inexpensive computer aimed mainly at playing CD-based games and multimedia titles. It was released in 1995 for $599. While touted as a cheap computer, Pippin was actually a gaming console with not much ready-to-use software and only few titles than competitors. Hence it failed to justify the price tag and the device only sold less than 50000 pieces. It is considered to be one among worst tech products of all time.

Newton Message Pad

MessagePad is a series of personal digital assistant (PDA) devises equipped with handwriting recognition developed by Apple in 1993. It was a first one of its kind but with its clumsy size, bad battery life, no desktop connectivity and the inaccurate or extremely mixed results from hand-writing recognition, the device failed to impress many. Apple later cleared most of these problems through the modified versions but the customers always wanted Apple to produce things which are free of error.

Apple lll

Apple lll was considered as one of the biggest commercial disaster from Apple. It was a business oriented personal computer intended as a successor to Apple ll. The marketing-department designed computer came with no cooling fans. It ran so warm that the computer literally melted everything- the chips in the motherboard to inserted floppy disks. The company replaced around 14,000 initially sold Apple lll and eventually stopped the series.

20th Anniversary Mac

The twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM) was a limited edition computer released in celebration of Apple’s 20th birthday in 1997. While the device was considered as an example of stylistic design with a unique shape and advanced audio and video features, it didn’t do well in the market. The device was heavily priced ($ 7,499) which was later dropped down by Apple, but still it failed to get any market. It was later discontinued in 1998.

Hockey puck” Mouse”

It was an unusual round shaped mouse released by Apple in 1998 which came bundled with all successive desktops for next two years. The mouse was literally impractical to use because of its small size and the unrecognizable single button, which it had it on top. It was discontinued after two years

Apple eWorld

eWorld was an online service offered by Apple eyeing the success of AOL in the internet community. The service, which looked cartoonish, was essentially over –priced and obscure. It was also limited to MAC users in the plans of boosting the hardware sale. But the service was rolled back in 1996.

Apple QuickTake

Quicktake was one of the first consumer digital cameras launched by Apple in 1994. By the time Apple launched the product, its features were almost outdated. The device was able to store only eight pictures and has no zoom or focus options. The product line was discontinued in 1997.

Power Mac G4 Cube

Power Mac G4 Cube is a small box-shaped computer which required a separate monitor, in contrast to all other iMac computers. The device was ultimate in design but has no room for full-length expansion cards and also lacked a cooler and audio input.


Posted April 23, 2012 by avinash2060 in Uncategorized

3 responses to “Apple turns 36: A flashback of its 8 Disastrous Products

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  1. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case. program partnerski

  2. The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod’s. It works well, but isn’t as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that’s not an issue, but if you’re planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod’s larger screen and better browser may be important. milionerzy online

  3. This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose. programy partnerskie

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