Clever list from Jeffrey Mincey and where the 2013 Mac Pro fits among Apple’s worst product mistakes.
Apple’s executives have admitted to making a big mistake. What mistake? The 2013 Mac Pro, Apple’s diminutive replacement for the much beloved aluminum cheese grater Mac Pro of yesteryear. Admitting a mistake is one thing, but shipping a replacement is something else again. The Mac Pro mistake won’t get fixed until next year, but it doesn’t rank as the company’s worst mistake ever.
- Mac Portable – ugly, expensive, and almost worthless at $7,000.
- Apple III – big failure at every level and one that had Steve Jobs’ fingerprints all over it.
- ROKR – iTunes in a Motorola phone. There’s nothing else to say.
- Newton – the iPad before the iPhone became an iPad; it lasted almost a dozen years.
- Mac Cube – pretty, expensive, and Steve Jobs’ baby.
- Pippin – Apple had a game console before the iPhone; so bad it never made it to the U.S.
- iPod Hi-Fi – think of an iPod sticking out of a boom box. Steve Jobs again.
- iMac Hockey Puck Mouse – what were they thinking? Jobs again.
- Mac TV – can’t blame this one on Jobs, but it wasn’t exactly a hit.
- QuickTake – yes, Apple had a camera that was ahead of its time