7 Weird Apple Products
Apple is known for producing high-end, pricey things, from accessories to smart devices. But compared to the Apple we know now, Apple was very different in the late 1990s. They used creativity while introducing their products, which ranged from pencils to printers that had several benefits over their rivals. No, it’s a pen we use to write with rather than the one we use to utilize our iPads nowadays. Here are some of the most strange things Apple has ever produced, most of which you probably had no idea existed.
- Apple Time Band:
Cupertino evidently experimented with wrist-mounted computer devices before the Apple Watch, such as this idea that was taken from a Japanese design magazine in 1991. It has an unusual resemblance to the Pip-Boy from the Fallout video game series and appears a little too large to be useful. It’s also unclear whether a gadget prototype was ever built because it was merely an early concept.
2. Apple Pippin:
The Apple Pippin game system was created by Apple in collaboration with Bandai. The Pippin utilizes a Mac OS architecture and an open-source multimedia platform. In March 1996, the gadget went on sale in Japan for JPY 64,800, or around USD 611. It was released the same year as the first-generation PlayStation and sold 42,000 units in its first year before being taken off the shelves since sales weren’t as expected.
3. Apple QuickTake 100 Camera:
Launched in 1994, the Apple QuickTake 100 was one of the earliest consumer digital cameras. However, it was later withdrawn from sale after three years. Its auto exposure, fixed 50mm focal length, and resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. With an aperture range of 2.8 to 16, it offers shutter speeds between 1/30 and 1/175. Because of its extremely industrial style and simplicity of use, this camera, which has an SRP of USD 749, seems to be a favorite among consumers. In fact, it won the Product Design Award in 1995.
4. Apple OneScanner:
A range of flatbed scanners called Apple OneScanner first appeared in the early 1990s. The very following year, Apple updated the old scanner with one that supported 8-bit (256-shade) greyscale scanning. SCSI was the main interface for the OneScanner series, which also included then-advanced 30-bit color scanning and resolutions of 600 dpi by 1200 dpi. Each component of the product may be scanned automatically or manually using this flatbed scanner. However, Apple stopped selling the item in 1997.
5. Solid Rose Gold Apple EarPods:
It was a unique pair of solid rose gold headphones. A limited quantity of 18k solid rose gold Apple EarPods were produced for Bono’s Product (RED) charity. These Earpods cost around 16,000 times more than the standard pair that Apple sells for $29 each. Apple EarPods in solid rose gold initially showed sales of $20,000 to $25,000 but ultimately reached $460,000.
6. The 20th Anniversary Mac:
An exclusive computer designed for the “executive market” was introduced by Apple in 1998 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the original Macintosh. It cost a whopping $9,000 and had a number of cutting-edge and unique features, such as a specially designed Bose speaker. The fact that each Mac was personally delivered by an Apple employee dressed in a tuxedo and who then assisted each unique customer in setting up and learning about his or her computer is more remarkable than the device itself.
7. The MacPhone
Early in the 1980s, Apple experimented with a number of hybrid landline/tablet devices, including the Apple Snow White 1 Tablet Mac and the Apple Snow White 3 Mac phone. Apple chose to concentrate on the Macintosh platform rather than producing either device; however, with the introduction of the iPhone and iPad, the idea was eventually brought back to life.
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