Apple have a hugely dedicated following. As soon as any new Apple gadget comes out, most self-respecting Apple fans all too happily flash about their credit cards to purchase a slice of exclusivity, and finely manufactured productory. Despite such a hardcore fan base some Apple gadgets do fail to hit the ground running so to speak. We look at 5 Apple products that totally fell on their faces, and some you may not even remember.

1. Power Mac G4 Cube

Looks pretty nice right? Unfortunately the cube stalled after release, due to issues with manufacturing process of the clear surround and pricing issues. It did however have a cool, convection based cooling system which was completely fan-less! It is seen by many as a pre-cursor to the Mini. The cube shipped with a 450Mhz cpu, a whopping 64mb of Ram & a large 20GB HD.

2. Motorola Rokr


The Motorola Rokr, released in 2005 was an Apple – Motorola tie up, intending to bring iTunes to a phone. The phone was widely expected, but was restricted to only 100 songs at a time (probably so it wouldn’t compete with iPods), and slow transfer times it failed to take off. Motorola relations were strained when Apple then released the Nano and, in Motorola’s words “undercut them”.

3. Apple Newton

Officially, the MessagePad 2000 (running Newton OS) was one of the first PDA’s when it was released way back in 1993. Behind the scenes, you could crunch some serious numbers & notes with a 20mhz process and 640k of ram. The newton let you send faxes, emails, write notes, keep your contacts organized and even ‘recognise hand written words’. A $1000 price tag, as-well as poor ergonomics lead to this device’s eventual failure in 1998. Still, I’m sure Apple learned a lot from this device and were able to apply what they had learned on the iPhone – which interestingly is almost the exact opposite of the newton (fairly priced, pretty small e.t.c)

4. Apple Pippin

The Apple Pippin was released in 1995, in association with Bandai. The Pippin was powered by a 66-MHz PowerPC 603 processor, a 14.4 kbit/s modem and ran a stripped version of the System 7.5.2 operating system. It was designed as a machine that could play multimedia CD’s, as well as working as a network computer. It even had a standard video output so as to work with a TV set. By the time the Pippin was released, the market already had the Sega Saturn, PlayStation & the Nintendo 64. Only 42,000 units sold (at $599), and it became true that there were actually more accessories manufactured than the units themselves.

5. AppleEWorld

AppleEworld was an online subscription service touted by Apple. The services included email (eMail Center), news, and a bulletin board system (Community Center). It was created in association with AOL. The Eworld was based around the concept of a town, with each building offering a different service such as a learning center or newsroom.Poor marketing and high prices killed Eworld off.

Let us know whether you agree on our top 5  ‘failures’. Have you owned one? Any of the current Apple product line you think are ‘failures’?