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Apple 10 products of iconic company that totally flopped

These flops only go to show that failure is only a learning curve that should translate to success eventually.

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10 Apple products that totally flopped

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Apple may be one of the most innovative companies in the world but it is far from perfect.

The iconic brand which is close to being a trillion dollar company, has had its fair share of mishaps and screw-ups.

And even most recently, its most expensive smartphone iPhone X, has been having some major bugs, something that has to do with cold weather, which Apple has acknowledged and are hoping to fix in the next update rollout.

While this is not a bash at the much admired company, this is just to document that the company is far from perfect and also let you know how far the company has come to overcome adversity and challenges.

Here are 10 products from Apple that were regarded a total flop.   

The Apple III (1980 - 1981)

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The Apple III  was buggy, had chips loosening from the socket, a motherboard heating up too fast and crashing frequently.

(Business Insider)

The Apple III was the first Apple product not designed by Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of the iconic brand.

Issues:  A buggy machine, with chips loosening from the socket, a motherboard that was heating up too fast and crashing often.

The Apple Lisa (1983 - 1985)

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The Lisa PC was slow and hard to use.

(Business Insider)

The Lisa PC was designed by Apple in the 80s.

Issues: For a device that cost $9,995 at launch, the Lisa was said to be slow and hard to use.

In 1986, Apple gave up on the computer and offered to let Lisa owners trade them in and purchase a Mac Plus originally priced at $4,100 for $1,500.

The Apple Macintosh Portable (1989-1991)

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The-apple-macintosh-portable had a lousy battery design that was connected to it failing to power on half the time.


Issues: Due to its battery design, the Macintosh Portable failed to power on sometimes. Plus its portability could be debated given its 16 lbs. weight measurement.

Apple Newton (1993-1998)

play The Apple Newton had a terribly bad battery and hard-to-read screen. (Flickr)

Issues : This tablet device failed due to its poorly made battery and hard- to-read screen.

It also failed with its handwriting recognition it tried to sell to users.

But in the end, the Newton was attributed to inspiring future OS designs that birthed the tablets we enjoy today.

Apple Pippin (1995 - 1996)

play Apple Pippin was late to the video game party. (Wikipedia)


Issues: This game console by Apple’s flop wasn’t much of a hardware or software problem but one of popularity and lateness to market.

Sega, Nintendo and PlayStation had already taken over market share, so when Apple’s Pippin came out, developers and consumers were too busy enjoying their Nintendos and likes.

Priced at $600, Pippin’s projected sales for the first year was to sell 300,000 units but estimates put actual sales at somewhere between 12,000 and 42,000. 

20th Anniversary Mac (1996-1997)

play The anniversary Mac didn't do well in terms of sales but it was a favorite collection among Apple Mac faithfuls. (eBay)

Issues: It wasn't so much of a happy anniversary for Apple as sales of the limited edition personal computer Mac turned out poor.

Nevertheless, the $8,000 priced Mac faithfuls remained a popular item among dedicated Macintosh collectors. As of 2010, complete working machines with boxes were selling for $1,000.

Apple E-Mate (1997 - 1998)

This was an educational purpose PC.

Issue was Apple never made the Emate available for anyone outside educational purposes, which limited the machine from spreading across the entire spread of Apple users.

Interesting fact: To this day, Apple has never released the sales figures from the Emate.

The "Hockey Puck" Mouse ( 1998 -2000)

play This Apple mouse's small size made it awkward to grasp, and its round shape made it tricky to orient (eBay)

Issues: Terrible Terrible design. The small size made it awkward to grasp and its round shape made it tricky to orient.  The "Hockey Puck" Mouse only lasted for two years and got discontinued in the year 2000.

The Power Mac g4 Cube (2000-2001)

play The Power Mac G4 cube was touted too expensive. Plus its early models suffered manufacturing defects. (Peter Morgan/Reuters)


Issues: Industry experts labelled it as too expensive, Plus early models suffered manufacturing process that led to cracks in the clear plastic case.

The U2 iPod (2004-2004)

play The U2 factor with all its side attractions was not strong enough reason for iPod fans to purchase the U2 iPod. (Screenshot/Amazon)

This was a product of a special partnership  between Apple and rock band U2.

A branded  version of the iPod  offered U2's single "Vertigo" exclusively through the iTunes store, produced an iPod commercial featuring U2, and created the first-ever digital box set featuring all of U2's albums.

Issue: The U2 iPod which was selling for $50 higher than the regular iPod did not appeal to the mass audience despite the U2 factor.

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