Look at all the kit Apple launched in the past year. iPad, Steve Jobs’ last piece of hardware. Apple Watch, AirPods, various and sundry Beats headphones. The new Mac Pro. Failures? The old Mac Pro.
Apple did a good job of announcing and delivering new hardware and new or upgraded services. AppleCare+, Apple Pay, Apple Music, are a few. Just remember, Apple is a hardware company.
What kind of non-Apple hardware gadgets didn’t make it in the past decade?
I have a list.
Remember 3D televisions? Why was that a failure? Manufacturers might have thought customers would create their own mini-theatre at home. And wear 3D glasses to view movies.
How did that work out? Do you know anybody with a 3D TV?
Second on my list is Sony’s Tablet P; another tiny handheld notebook-like device with a hinge and dual screens. This one dates back to 2011, long before Samsung began to embarrass itself with the Galaxy Fold. The hinge gap was huge and the CPU slow and it never got off the ground.
Remember Google Nexus Q? Not many do. This was a plastic ball that was one part game console, another part streaming device but only did Google stuff. $300. And you thought HomePod was expensive.
Lytro made my list because I almost– almost– bought one. The idea was sound. A camera that captured everything. In focus. That meant software could be used to emulate depth of field. Unfortunately, Lytro was a pain to use and I’m glad I waited for years and years for iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Remember netbooks? The Microsoft Surface RT might be the last one ever made. Except for Chromebooks. First, it ran Windows 8. Then Microsoft bobbled Windows 8 and made it Windows RT. Then the CPU was too slow. Then the keyboard was bad. Then nobody bought it. Then it died.
Google has more than one on my list. Google Glass. Yes, you can still get them, but as a product goes, it’s dead. Something else will take its place. Let us hope it has apps.
Mac Pro made the list. No, not the old cheesegrater Mac Pro. No, not the new cheesegrater Mac Pro. Apple did those right. I’m talking trash can Mac Pro, the stylish cylinder that created “Can’t innovate, my ass” as a meme to forget.
The list goes on. Amazon Fire Phone, Facebook Phone, Nokia Lumia, Samsung Gear and the infamous Note 7, caught my eye but nobody else’s. One could put HomePod on the list but Apple sells plenty. BlackBerry made a few losers, too, but the dead-on-arrival gadget that stands out are the modular smartphones like Google’s Project Ara. People don’t want pieces of phones.
What did I forget?