Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Oct 2008 20:44 UTC
Apple With the success of the iPod, the subsequent resurgence in popularity of the Macintosh platform, and the recent iPhone smash hit, it's hard to imagine that Apple was once a company that tried to enter every market possible, leaving a trail of flopped products in its wake. Forbes lists ten of them, and we take a look at some of them, and add one of our own.
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RE: Apple II GS
by JonathanBThompson on Fri 31st Oct 2008 01:38 UTC in reply to "Apple II GS"
JonathanBThompson
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2006-05-26

For a rather lengthy period of time (not sure how long off the top of my head) the only way you could get color on an Apple computer was to get an Apple 2 series system: this was intentional, as for some weird reason, it was perceived (IMO) that adding color would have been not as business-like for the Mac. As of the time the Apple 2GS was released, anyway, no Apple-made Macintosh supported color at all, either in hardware or software, for the display.

Sadly, Apple seems to have purposely crippled the Apple 2GS in favor of the Macintosh being pushed: keep in mind that the Apple 2GS was actually more expandable than any Mac up to that time, in both RAM as well as other hardware! It also had far more software available, though not much for too long that actually took proper advantage of the hardware capabilities. ProDOS was renamed to ProDOS 8, to clarify the difference between that and ProDOS 16, which was the predecessor to GS OS, which wasn't released until after I no longer had access to an Apple 2GS system (I was in high school when it was released). A pity, really: GS OS was/is far more powerful than MS-DOS ever was, at least at that time. GS OS: a mixture of inheriting a combination of Mac OS fundamentals along with ProDOS, which was derived (and scaled down from) from Apple 3 Sophisticated Operating System, which also was a major influence on the Mac and Lisa OS.

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RE[2]: Apple II GS
by ari-free on Fri 31st Oct 2008 02:10 in reply to "RE: Apple II GS"
ari-free Member since:
2007-01-22

I remember when color was considered frivolous! Only a game computer needs color!
Maybe it was because in the business world, everything worth doing had to be printed and there was no way you could print in color with a laser, dot matrix or daisy wheel printer.

Edited 2008-10-31 02:10 UTC

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RE[3]: Apple II GS
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 31st Oct 2008 07:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Apple II GS"
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2005-07-06

It was simply because of the relative quality of grayscale displays vs. colour at the time. It took a while for colour monitors to reach the same level of visual quality as contemporary grayscale displays.

Colour displays were also significantly more expensive - so they were initially mainly a luxury item for gamers, home users, clueless PHBs, etc. But if you were using a computer for any serious purpose at the time (and/or valued your eyesight), grayscale was the way to go.

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