Thursday, June 28, 2007

When Apple Went Wrong

MSNBC has an AP story about Apple products that went "wrong." Now, as a recent convert over to all things Apple I'm well aware of a few things they've flopped on. However, this article was, how you say, a bit underwhelming. I mean, they really had to stretch a bit here.

The list of flops are as follows:

1. The iTunes Phone (aka ROKR), 2005
2. The one button mouse (1983)
3. The Cube (2000)
4. The Newton (1993)
5. The iMac (1998)
6. EWorld (1994)

Now, I'll give them 3, 4, and 6. However, I've got a problem with 1, 2, and 5.

First of all, the iTunes phone wasn't even an Apple product really. It was from Motorola, and they just licensed being able to use iTunes on the phone. I would hardly call this an Apple flop. The phone sold well, it was just not what people wanted, so, they discontinued it.

Second, the one button mouse is not a flop. If it was a flop it wouldn't be in existence anymore. I hardly call something that has been around 15 years a flop. Sure, you may not like it, but that's your problem. If you want two buttons, stay with Windows.

Third, the iMac? WTF? Their argument for this one is that it's no longer "exciting." Give me a break. It's their consumer desktop, no different than a Dell. Actually, it's closer to a Dell than ever before, the only real difference is case design and OS.

Anyway, give the article a look yourself.