Before floppy disk’s were used, early Apple computers ran software off of cassettes. The developer ecosystem was surprisingly vibrant, with games like Slot Machine, Star Wars, and Lemonade Stand.
The Apple Printer (1979-1988)
Back in the early days of computing, most computer companies had to make their own printers. Apple introduced the Silentype in 1979, a thermal printer retailing for $599 (almost $2k in today’s dollars). Apple got out of the printer business after releasing the LaserWriter in 1985, which retailed for $6,995 (almost a whopping $15,000, adjusted for inflation).
Who says computers are only useful for work if they are running Microsoft word? Apple released MacWrite, a word processing application for the original Macintosh in 1984. It was one of the first WYSIWYG editors ever available, which was considered incredible in a world of computers which still ran text-only DOS or BASIC environments. MacWrite eventually evolved into MacWrite Pro, AppleWorks, and now Pages.
The Apple Collection (1986)
Yes, it’s true. Apple once had a fashion line. The Apple Collection was the company’s catalogue attempt to sell clothing. Far from the minimalist Steve Jobs turtleneck aesthetic, the Apple Collection featured 80s style baggy sweatshirts, rainbow caps and visors with the Apple logo, and layered popped-collar polos.Image: Apple via The Trad
Apple Scanner (1988-1997)
Continuing the trend of creating their own peripheral devices for the Macintosh, Apple launched a 300 dpi, A4 scanner in 1988. While replaced in 1991 with the Apple OneScanner, neither really took off, and Apple stopped selling the product in 1997.Image: Stephen Edmonds
Apple Newton (1993-1998)
The Newton! Often discussed, the Newton was a personal assistant OS designed for Apple’s MessagePad tablets. The device shipped with familiar apps like Notes, Names, and Dates. Additionally, all versions came with a stylus and handwriting recognition software. While the device was financially unsuccessful, it helped pave the way for devices like the iPhone and iPad.
Apple PowerCD (1993-1996)
The Apple PowerCD was actually a product designed by Phillips, and just branded with an Apple Logo. The device could read data discs when connected to a Mac, and traditional CDs when connected to speakers.Image: Hellisp
Apple QuickTake Camera (1994-1997)
Believe it or not, Apple was once in the camera business. The QuickTake was one of the earliest consumer digital cameras, and was built for Apple by Kodak and Fijifilm. Retailing for $749, the first camera had a resolution of .3 megapixels, and came with 1MB of Flash storage.Image: Jared C. Benedict
Apple Pippin (1995-1997)
Wait, Apple made a video game console? Well, sorta. The Apple Pippin was a multimedia platform based on the Macintosh OS. While originally supposed to be an open standard, the company eventually worked with Bandai to create a game console based on the platform. The device only sold about 40,000 units, and was quickly killed.Image: Evan-Amos
Apple Flower Power iMac (2002)
Believe it or not, this is a real version of the iMac that Apple released. After creating iMacs in every other color in the rainbow, the company released a limited edition “Flower Power” computer. Needless to say, it wasn’t so popular.Image: Flickr
Apple eMac (2002 – 2006)
If you went to school in the 2000s, you probably used an eMac. Originally designed as an education-only version of the iMac, it never fully caught on and eventually just became a cheaper version of the iMac. The first version came with 128MB of memory, a 40GB hard drive, and ran Mac OS X Puma.
iPod HiFi (2006-2007)
This was Apple’s attempt at making a speaker for the iPod. Originally retailing for $349, it was quickly phased out and Apple started recommending third-party systems in its place.Image: Teófilo Ruiz Suárez
Apple Gold EarPods (2013)
To benefit Bono’s Product (RED) charity, Jony Ive and Marc Newson designed a limited edition pair of 18k solid rose gold EarPods. Any guesses as to how much these headphones were auctioned off for? $461,000.