Apple products that have failed from a Facebook competitor to a gaming console – see list of products with shortest lifespans

APPLE is best known for its breakthroughs in personal tech, but had to abandon several failed ideas along the way to the iPhone.

Own one of these massive Apple flops?

apple III

The Apple III was released in 1980 after the groundbreaking Apple II

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The Apple III was released in 1980 after the groundbreaking Apple IIPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
The Apple III was on the market for four years

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The Apple III was on the market for four yearsPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

The Apple III computer was the brand’s first major failure and came at a time when the company was still developing its identity.

Steve Jobs required engineers to remove the fan, which made the computer prone to overheating.

CNBC reported that Apple will recall and replace 14,000 Apple III computers.

Jobs famously said that in a much-cited 1985 interview with Playboy, Apple lost “infinite, incalculable amounts of money.”

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Newton MessagePad

The Newton cost $900 in 1993

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The Newton cost $900 in 1993Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty
The Newton was originally powered by AAA batteries

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The Newton was originally powered by AAA batteriesPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

Though a flop by today’s standards, the Newton laid the groundwork for the future of handhelds, including the iPad.

The Newton was an Apple mishap that happened during Jobs’ absence from the company — when Jobs returned in the late 1990s, he retired the Newton for good.

Jobs hated the Newton’s stylus, which didn’t work very well to begin with.

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Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs shows that killing the Newton was a symbolic struggle in his attempt to regain control of Apple.

“Mr. Jobs has become the power behind the throne,” a Financial Times reporter wrote in 1997, a year after the Newton was sunk.

A working Newton is $315 on eBay, while one seller is asking more than $1,000 for a new one with the original packaging.

Macintosh TV

Apple has sold 10,000 units of the Macintosh TV

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Apple has sold 10,000 units of the Macintosh TVSource: Wikipedia

Another project not christened by Jobs, this ambitious TV-computer crossover project was only five months on the market.

The Macintosh TV was basically a souped-up Mac computer with a remote control.

There was no picture-in-picture and you could either watch TV or use the computer, but not both at the same time.

In 1993, the world wasn’t quite ready for a $2,000 all-in-one blob of black Apple tech, and only 10,000 units were sold.

Hockey Puck Mouse

The Apple USB mouse was released with the iMac G3

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The Apple USB mouse was released with the iMac G3Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty

The hockey puck mouse is unmistakably Apple of the late 1990s: dazzling with bright colors.

The circular mouse was difficult to orient, and Gizmodo called its connection cable “hilariously short”.

But the hockey puck mouse introduced the use of the USB connector we know and love today – even if it failed, Apple made hay.

Pippin game console

Pippin lasted two years and cost $600

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Pippin lasted two years and cost $600Credit: apple

The early 1990s were filled with gaming consoles that are now considered vintage.

Many kids of the 90s spent hard hours on the Playstation 1, Nintendo64 or Sega Saturn, SlashGear notes of that time.

Apple outsourced production of the Pippin to Japanese toymaker Bandai, hoping the product would serve as a multimedia center with games, music playback, and other entertainment options.

It didn’t stick – its steep price tag and unsuccessful marketing campaign resulted in the Pippin selling just 42,000 units.

iTunes ping

Apple's social media network Ping was live for just two years

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Apple’s social media network Ping was live for just two yearsCredit: apple

During a 2010 keynote, Jobs introduced Ping as “Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes.”

At the time, Facebook was gaining control of the social media landscape and had surpassed 500 million users by the time Ping was launched.

But on the face of it, ping was a great idea — it showed tour dates for artists, and there were 160 million iTunes users just a few clicks away from setting up ping sites.

Tim Cook and Apple shut down Ping in 2012, about a year after Jobs’ death.

Lisa computer

The Lisa cost almost $10,000 in 1983 - almost $30,000 in today's value

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The Lisa cost almost $10,000 in 1983 – almost $30,000 in today’s valuePhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

The Lisa computer may be Apple’s fundamental failure, but the product was filled with corporate drama and personality.

The computer was named after the daughter Jobs rejected when he was his child.

While the Lisa was not commercially successful due to its inflated price tag, its development sparked an attitude within Apple.

Jobs was booted off the Lisa team and went on to lead the Macintosh team – he immediately instigated an intra-office rivalry between the development teams.

He said of the Macintosh team’s Isaacson in comparison to the Lisa team, “We were the renegades, and we wanted people to know.”

On eBay, a seller is actively participating in an auction with a starting bid of $8,499.99 for a Lisa.

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Apple didn’t connect on every attempt, and with no Jobs in the building, the company had a string of product hits and dropped balls from 1985 to 1997.

Today, Apple is storming into its 50th anniversary, with trillions of dollars in value and many more successes than failures.

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Chris Barrese

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