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[2]: Apple II GS
by ari-free on Fri 31st Oct 2008 02:10 UTC 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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