Dead Apple Products – The Apple Xserve
To the casual observer, timelines of killed Apple products might just suggest that Steve Jobs had a thing for terminating projects started in his absence. That may be true of the Apple Newton, the Pippin and a few others that didn’t make this list of dead Apple products … but Jobs knew when to pull the rug out from under his own gear too.
Take the Apple Xserve. This was Apple’s attempt at taking on big enterprise computing players like Sun by selling Apple Mac-based rack mounted servers. The Xserve was released in 2002 as a high-powered, upgradable server aimed at system rooms. Running Mac OSX, the Xserve line was upgraded to Intel (INTC) processors in 2006. But despite its popularity among many companies, the Xserve remained a niche product for Apple, and Jobs eventually decided the Mac Pro could be used to more or less serve the same purpose.
In 2010, the company announced there would be no future Apple Xserve releases and it officially joined the dead Apple products list in January 2011.
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