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5 Dead Apple Products (and Why They Failed)

Headlines about the death of the Apple iPod are premature, but other Apple products have met that fate

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Dead Apple Products – The Apple Newton

apple-productsThe iPad has become a runaway success for Apple, but other Apple products were also attempts at a slate-like device. The first was the Apple Newton, released in 1993.

Starting with the Apple Newton MessagePad 100 (one of which holds a place of honor in my desk drawer), Apple released a series of hand-held personal digital assistants (PDAs). Input was via a plastic stylus and the Apple Newton even featured handwriting recognition and a healthy ecosystem of third-party apps.

But the Newtons ate batteries, the handwriting recognition wasn’t exactly perfect and competition in the form of Palm Pilots and other PDAs soon made for a tough market.

The last Apple Newton — the MessagePad 2100 — went on sale in late 1997 and the Newton joined the list of dead Apple products in the spring of 1998 as a struggling Apple focused on its core computer products.

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