It's not infallible, given the overwhelming influence of Apple. Believe it or not, over the years the Cupertino corporation has had its share of mistakes and failures. From the pre-installing of U2 's Songs of Innocence album to the Pippin, there's proof that even the most powerful company can get it wrong from time to time.
It's not like there's something rotten in the heart of Apple, excuse the pun, but with so much new tech going through its different teams over the years, there is also bound to be a little malfunction here and there. We're not Apple-bashing here, only pointing out some of the company's shortcomings that everyone would actually rather have forgotten about.
Apple was reasonably fascinated with the success of Sony's PlayStation, and while it never wanted to go down the console route, the company determined that it would try its hand at a market that was already growing at an unprecedented pace. The Apple Pippin was raised even so (see image at the top of this article).
The Pippin, or the PiPP!N, was engineered as a home computer/games console, but unfortunately, it never managed to hit either concept on the head. A computer platform version of the Macintosh, this highly overpriced product has never managed to win much foothold in any sort of market. As such, only 42,000 units had ever been sold.
The Apple III was a bad compliment to the legendary Apple brand back in the early 1980s. Designed by the marketing department, instead of the technical staff, the Apple III lacked anything like a cooling fan – so the concept was so loud and inelegant. Alternatively, the company had a brilliant idea of using aluminum housing as a heat pump.
This, of course, led to a lot of problems with the Apple III. Overheating was, of course, the primary concern, which, in turn, did some funky things to the system, such as pop chips from their sockets, warp the main circuit board, and heat up the outer casing to egg fried temperatures. In the result, Apple had an additional $60 million loss on the Apple III.
Apple doesn't quite have the right timing. The Beatles, the iPad, and so forth, the timing was brilliant, and it proved the company's fortunes. Many times, though, Apple lagged off the curve. Another proof of that being the Macintosh TV.
Released in 1993, this was Apple's first effort to pair a computer with a TV set. A good idea, but one that a lot of people had actually done, even at a price that was considerably cheaper than Apple's $2,000 sticker. Needless to add, the Macintosh TV was discontinued after just five months on the shelf.
20th Anniversary Mac (TAM)
You've got to hand it to Apple, the company doesn't have to care about bucking traditional norms and trying something new. This was the case with Mac's 20th Anniversary. This sleek style and the compact footprint were very innovative in the late nineties, but it never really hit the mark at $7,500.
This didn't deter Apple from re-using the concept for the later iMac versions, however. But, although Mac's 20th Anniversary has only lasted for less than a year, its legacy still lives on.
Introduced next to the iPhone X in 2017, the AirPower wireless charging pad was set to become the next big thing. The AirPower was scheduled for release in 2018 and was subject to frequent delays, pushing the date further and further into the future until Apple finally decided to drop the project entirely in 2019.
Launched in 2010 with active subscribers, Apple's attempt at a social media music network was a major failure. The service allowed its users to follow the artists they wanted, and to see short posts from artists and friends – much in the same way that Spotify now works.
But the service did not live up to the expectations. With a lot of fake accounts, huge spam levels, and poor integration with existing social media networks, Apple finally killed iTunes Ping after just a few years.
Apple QuickTake 200
Released in 1994, Apple's approach to the digital camera was earthshaking. At a moment when the digital camera was still in its infancy, the QuickTake 200 attached directly to your Apple computer, enabling you to easily upload images taken.
Unfortunately, there were a few key components missing from the QuickTake 200, such as zoom, and any ability to focus on anything it pointed to. But, quite apart from that, it was a revolutionary step forward. It managed to last a few years on the shelves, but at the end of the day, Apple lost a lot of money on the QuickTake.