Top 10 Apple Failures

Apple Inc. has had one of the best second acts in business history. The iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad product offerings soared Apple back to the highest point of the tech business. In spite of allegations of lacking advancement and drifting on Steve Jobs’ heritage following his demise in 2011, Apple is as yet a standout the most productive (and money rich) organizations on the world.

10. Apple III

Apple III

Released in 1981, the Apple III went on for a couple of years available yet never sold massively well. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the machine never at any point verge on turning into the inconceivable hit that was the Apple II. Broadly, a portion of the prior models of the Apple III were tormented with a grouping of genuine unwavering quality issues, at last inciting Apple to issue a review at a certain point. When a more hearty variant of the Apple III was accessible, it was short of what was needed. It’s trusted that Apple just sold around 70,000 Apple III machines over a multi year creation run.

9. iMac Hockey Puck Mouse

The Apple USB Mouse, commonly called “Hockey puck”, is a mouse released by Apple Inc. It was first released when it was included with the Bondi Blue iMac G3 in 1998 and included with all successive desktop Macs for the next two years.

The ‘Hockey Puck Mouse’

8. Apple eWorld

eWorld was an online service operated by Apple Inc. between June 1994 and March 1996. The services included email (eMail Center), news, and a bulletin board system (Community Center). Users of eWorld were often referred to as “ePeople”.

apple eWorld

eWorld was considered innovative for its time, but it was expensive compared to other services and not well marketed, and failed to attract a high number of subscribers. The service was only available on the Macintosh, though a PC version had been planned.

7. Mac (Macintosh) clones

The earliest Mac clones were based on Emulators and reverse-engineered Macintosh ROMs. During Apple’s short lived Mac OS 7 licensing program authorized Mac clone makers were able to either purchase 100% compatible motherboards or build their own hardware using licensed Mac reference designs.

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6.Newton

The Newton is a series of personal digital assistants (PDA) developed and marketed by Apple Computer, Inc. An early device in the PDA category – the Newton originated the term “personal digital assistant” – it was the first to feature handwriting recognition. Apple started developing the platform in 1987 and shipped the first devices in 1993. Production officially ended on February 27, 1998.

Apple Newton

5. PowerMac G4 Cube

The Power Mac G4 Cube is a small form factor Macintosh personal computer from Apple Computer, Inc., sold between 2000 and 2001. Designed by Jonathan Ive, its cube shape is reminiscent of the NeXTcube from NeXT, acquired by Apple in 1996. The New York Museum of Modern Art holds a G4 Cube, along with its distinctive Harman Kardon transparent speakers, as part of its collection.

Power Mac G4 Cube

4. Lisa

The Apple Lisa is a desktop computer developed by Apple, released on January 19, 1983. It was one of the first personal computers to offer a graphical user interface in a machine aimed at individual business users.

Apple Lisa

3. Pippin

The Apple Pippin is an open multimedia technology platform, designed by Apple Computer, and marketed as PiPP!N. According to Apple, Pippin was directed at the home market as “an integral part of the consumer audiovisual, stereo, and television environment.”

The Bandai Pippin and Wireless Controller

It’s been estimated that Apple sold only about 40,000 units after an initial production run in the 100,000 range. Clearly, the Pippin was a seismic flop to say the least.

2. Copland

Copland is an unreleased operating system prototype for Apple Macintosh computers of the late 1990s, intended to be released as the modern System 8 successor to the aging but venerable System 7. It introduced protected memory, preemptive multitasking, and a number of new underlying operating system features, while retaining compatibility with existing Mac applications.

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1. Lemmings Commercial

Lemmings was a television commercial that launched the “Macintosh Office” by Apple Computer in the United States, in January 1985, a year after the introduction of the Apple Macintosh in 1984. It was aired during the 1985 Super Bowl, a year after the successful Apple Super Bowl commercial, “1984”. The Lemmings commercial was a large failure, unlike “1984”, and was widely seen as insulting to potential customers. Apple didn’t air another commercial during the Super Bowl until the Hal commercial in 1999 and later, the Pepsi/iTunes “I fought the law” commercial in 2004.

 

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