Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Aug 2013 17:55 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

In product lore, high profile gadgets that get killed are often more interesting than the ones that succeed. The Kin, the HP TouchPad, and the Edsel are all case studies in failure - albeit for different reasons. Yet in the history of those killings, nothing compared to the Apple Newton MessagePad. The Newton wasn't just killed, it was violently murdered, dragged into a closet by its hair and kicked to death in its youth by one of technology’s great men. And yet it was a remarkable device, one whose influence is still with us today. The Ur tablet. The first computer designed to free us utterly from the desktop.

'First' is debatable, but this was definitely an interesting product. It was far too complex though, and the simpler, more focussed Palm Pilot then showed the market how mobile computing ought to work - something Apple took to heart a decade later with the iPhone.

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RE[8]: Comment by tupp
by JAlexoid on Thu 8th Aug 2013 12:20 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by tupp"
JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

Apple seems to be the only computer company these days willing to use real sales numbers, not shipped but not sold numbers.

Apple's sold is more of a lie, than Samsung's shipped.

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RE[9]: Comment by tupp
by ezraz on Thu 8th Aug 2013 12:27 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by tupp"
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2012-06-20

"Apple seems to be the only computer company these days willing to use real sales numbers, not shipped but not sold numbers.

Apple's sold is more of a lie, than Samsung's shipped.
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Please explain this.

Apple reports "Sales" as those to real people for real uses at real prices. There aren't 800k iPhones sitting at BestBuys and Walmarts around the world unsold, on clearance, counting as sales.

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RE[10]: Comment by tupp
by JAlexoid on Thu 8th Aug 2013 16:01 in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by tupp"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Apple reports "Sales" as those to real people for real uses at real prices. There aren't 800k iPhones sitting at BestBuys and Walmarts around the world unsold, on clearance, counting as sales.

According to Apple itself(SEC10K filing) they define sold after liability is transferred, in layman's terms they got paid and product was shipped to the retailer.
Or don't you read SEC10K filing of the company you so like?

PS: It was Sony where most of the things that you listed originated.

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