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Rachel Gray

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6 Failed Products Apple Really Wants You to Forget About By Sergio Velasquez Not only is Apple the leading company in smartphones and tablets in the world, but it also is the first trillion-dollar company. If you look at Apple today, you’d think everything they make is an instant success, but that hasn’t always been the case. Even though Apple is a bit more conservative now, the company used to create innovative and sometimes daring new tech to take the world by storm. Some products were game-changers, like the iPod and the iPhone. And some others, well; let’s just say Apple probably wants you to forget about them. Fortunately, that’s why we’re here. Today we’ll remind the world of some of the worst (or worst-received Apple products to have ever existed. Sure, you can laugh about these devices, but let them be a lesson that if you want to create a trillion-dollar company, you have to be ok with failing more than once. Continue reading to browse six failed products Apple wants you to forget. 6. Apple USB Mouse (1998) When you think of a bad Apple mouse design, you probably think about how you have to charge Apple’s Magic Mouse. But Apple produced an even worse design back in the ‘90s. Enter the Apple USB Mouse. This little mouse looks like a hockey puck, and not many people liked this design. While it seems like an interesting idea, this rounded mouse presented more problems than regular mice. The round, non-ergonomic shape made the Apple USB Mouse very uncomfortable to use. Not only that, but it tended to rotate when in use, and the cord was too small, which was also frustrating. Apple finally decided to get rid of this design when the company introduced the Apple Pro Mouse, also known as Apple Mouse, in the year 2000. 5. Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (1997) To celebrate Apple’s 20th birthday, the company decided to release a special edition Mac, called the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh. The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh, also known as TAM, was a really powerful PC for its time with a unique look that influenced future Mac computers’ design in later years. I know what you’re thinking. If this was such a great, influential computer, why did it fail? Well, mostly it was because of its price. The TAM had a starting price of $7,499 ($12,288 adjusted for inflation)! That’s right; it was even more expensive than the current Mac Pro. At least the cheapest one. And just like now, back in the ‘90s, people couldn’t afford such expensive computers, and this caused Apple to lower the price to $3,500 and then lower it again to $1995 after the company discontinued it. 4. Macintosh TV (1993) The ‘90s were a wild time for Apple. But you have to appreciate the effort at least. A great example of that effort is the Macintosh TV, which was exactly what you think it is. It was Apple’s first computer to come with an integrated TV. It also came with a mouse, keyboard, and a small remote control that also worked with regular Sony TVs. Sure, you may think now using your computer to watch TV shows is entirely normal, but people back in the

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