Five Apple failures to launchThis week’s launch of the new iPad Miniwas the latest in a long string of productsuccesses for Apple, but it hasn’t alwaysbeen so.Here are five Apple product launches thatfailed to reach orbit, proving that evenApple is fallible.Or, at least, it once was. By Jeff Jedras Image courtesy of imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
The Apple LisaJanuary 19, 1983Rumoured to be named for Appleco-founder Steve Jobs’sdaughter, the Lisa was a PC with agraphical user interface aimed atbusiness users.While technically superior to theMacintosh in the early 1989s, itshigh cost led business users tochoose IBM PCs.
iMac Puck Mouse 1998 Released as Apple’s first USB mouse with the iMac in 1998, it certainly looked, well, interesting. The shape was awkward to use though, and even lead to third-party add-ons to give the mouse a more traditional shape. Two years later, Apple gave up and returned to a more traditional design.
Power Mac G4 CubeJuly 2000The New York Museum of Modern Arthas one of these small form factor Macsin its collection but not many consumersdo; the G4 Cube was only on the marketfrom 2000 to 2001.It suffered from a high price, qualityissues with the case and perceptionissues of lower quality than the iMac.But price and quality aside, it did lookcool.
Apple III May 1980Another business-focused PC like theLisa, the Apple III could be regarded asthe heir to the Apple II.The Apple III suffered from stabilityissues, as well as limited softwareavailability and a higher price-point thancompetitive machines aimed at businessusers.
iTunes PhoneSeptember 2005Apple teamed with Motorola in 2005 tolaunch the Rokr E1, with Apple-licensedtechnology to play music purchasedform iTunes.It was hampered by a 100-song limitand a slow transfer time compared todedicated Mp3 players.Motorola was also displeased by theconcurrent launch of the iPod Nano, anddropped Apple from the Rokr E2.