We all know Apple for the amazing products they created that have revolutionised everything from the Music Industry to Mobile Phones and Personal Computers. But today we are featuring the Top Five Apple product disasters you probably never heard about.
5. The Apple Macintosh Portable
Four years after Steve Jobs was booted from Apple, they launched the Macintosh Portable in 1989. It was their first try at a portable computer, but the thing weighed 16 pounds and wouldn’t run unless the battery was at 100%. The price tag was pretty hefty too, retailing at an eye watering 6500 Dollars, for which you received minimal hard drive space and a product that was littered with design flaws.
4. Round Mouse
This ‘hockey puck’ mouse launched in 1998 and was Apple’s first USB mouse. The design is known as one of the worst Apple fails ever produced. Its round shape made it hard to manage, especially if you had big hands. Thankfully, 2 years later, the hockey puck was replaced with the Apple Pro mouse a major improvement on the flawed product.
In 1999 Apple attempted to disrupt the data transfer market with a product of their own, FireWire. What they didn’t anticipate was the launch of USB 2.0 in 2000, which allowed for data transfer at 480 Mbps, compared to FireWire’s 400 Mbps. Apple fought back in 2002 with the launch of FireWire 800 but by that time USB’s market dominance was too great to be reversed. FireWire was quietly phased out in 2010, in favour of USB 3.0.
2. iTunes Ping
To their credit Apple’s attempt at their own social network in iTunes did hit 1 million users in the first 48 hours, but after that it never really took off and fizzled into a non-event after 2 years. The service let you sneak a peek at your fellow iTunes-er’s playlist and sample music and was completely free.
1. Lisa I
Steve Jobs was intently keen on Xerox’s ground-breaking graphical user interface technology and he negotiated a deal to view their computer, knowing that if he could produce one like it, he’d own the world. But his attempt flopped dismally. He charged consumers an almost unbelievable $9,995 for the Lisa, despite the fact that it was difficult to use and irritatingly slow. He was later to admit to the press that Apple had gotten ‘Fortune 500-itis’ and forgotten that they were selling to people and not corporations.
There you have it the Top Five Apple product fails that you probably haven’t heard about, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter or YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of our latest content.