It just goes to show you how much people love Apple. Would anyone ever post an article about SanDisk’s five worst products, or Toshiba’s five worst products? We complain because we love, so stop yer whinin’ fanboys. Wired compiled an entertaining list from the Apple rogue’s gallery. I spent a few minutes trying to think of my own list of crummy Apple products, and I realized that they were mostly things that I hated not because they weren’t good, but because they didn’t live up to the hype, or my high expectations, or they were just too ahead of the curve. The QuickTake, mentioned by Wired, is a great example of that. Too early.In fact, I could put a few of my favorite things on the bad list: the Newton, which started out weak, ended up strong, but wasn’t able to live up to its promise, being too big, too expensive, and too early.
The 20th anniversary Mac and the Cube were both examples of radical design that ended up being both too expensive and undermining the everyday computing experience by being too minimalist or too advanced, or both. Then of course there’s a half decade of underpowered, overpriced beige monstrosities released by Apple in the 90s, like the Performas and early PowerMacs. And how about that Macintosh TV?
And let’s not confine this list to just hardware. How about eWorld? Cyberdog? (Good idea, bad execution).
And let’s not just live in the distant past. Right now there’s an iPod Shuffle with voice control that makes you use Apple headphones.
What do you think? Are we too hard on Apple? We could certainly come up with a good list of crummy Sony products, too, for balance. What’s on your list of most disappointing products?
The perfect case of adding some great new technology, but then removing something that is really useful. I’d love to have the ability to use voice commands… but to be stuck with a single pair of headphones and no other means to use the player without them? Forget it.
I’m sticking with my 2nd generation shuffle. The perfect blend of function and size!
I agree with the almost everything in this article except for the negative comments about cover flow. I am old enough to fondly remember the wonders of the LP cover and I was eventually reconciled to the small CD cases (try rolling a spliff on a CD box – I have and its not so good) but I was afraid that going digital would mean good bye to all the lovely covers in my music collection.
Cover flow is the perfect solution, there if you want it and not there if you don’t. Some of my albums I have been listening too for over forty years and their covers are images from my past life and when I scroll through cover flow the images leap out and tickle my memories. What Apple undertsood from early on was that people have an emotional relationship with their music.
Really, the Apple-Bandai Pippin set-top box/game console didn’t make the list?