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Rotten or fresh? The best and worst of Apple

Will the newest iPad flourish or fail? On the day of the new tablet's release, consider Apple's fallen fruit before making up your mind.

Best: iMac G3

1998: The original iMac helped bring Apple back from the brink in the late 90's. In Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, Jobs said "It looks so good you kinda' wanna lick it"

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Worst: Pippin

1996: The gaming console Pippin, released through Japanese company Bandai, floundered because of competition with the Sega Saturn and the Nintendo64 -- and its hefty price tag.

Best: Apple II

1977: The one that started it all, the Apple II was the first mass produced personal computer.

Worst: MacTV

1993: The Macintosh TV, Apple's first foray into computer-television integration, was on the market for only a year due to poor graphic quality. Apple's continued work in the field ultimately yielded 2007's successful Apple TV, which enabled users to access their iTunes files on TV via a digital media receiver.

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Best: iPod

2001: Remember the Sony Walkman? Neither do we. The iPod ushered in a new era of portable music allowing users to carry thousands of songs in their pocket.

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Worst: Mac Clones

1995: After years of having its Macintosh OS pirated, Apple started officially licensing its operating system to run on clone hardware. Although the program spawned a number of manufacturers, including Motorola and the popular Power Computing Corp., the program was quickly shut down.

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Best: iTunes

2001: In a sea of piracy, iTunes brought legitimacy to digital download.

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Worst: eWorld

1994: Apple launched its eWorld program exclusively for the Mac OS, as competition to AOL.  Limited to e-mail and bulletin boards, eWorld was discontinued after two years.

Best: iPhone

2007: If you're wondering if the iPhone was a winner or loser, just ask RIM (Blackberry).

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Worst: 20th Anniversary Mac

1997: The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh, a limited edition personal computer equipped with an LCD screen and subwoofer, was sold for an astounding $7,499. Needless to say, sales were few.

Best: iPod Nano

2005: For the iPod Nano, smaller is better.

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Worst: QuickTake 100

1994: A forerunner to today's digital cameras, the Apple QuickTake 100 was an unexpected product from Apple. Poor sales prompted its cancellation.

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Best: MacBook Air

2008: The MacBook Air took portability to the next level. Four years after its launch, competitors are still struggling to match it's elegant blend of power and size.

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Worst: Newton

1993: As one of the first PDAs, the Newton was equipped with handwriting recognition but hampered by its bulk and limited processing power. It was discontinued in 1998.

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Best: iPad

2010: The over-hyped tablet that actually lived up to expectations, further solidifying the legacy of the late Steve Jobs.

Worst: The Cube

2000: The Power G4 Cube, a monitor-less hard drive, did not stay on the market for long but earned a spot in the Museum of Modern Art's Architecture and Design Collection.

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Rotten or fresh? The best and worst of Apple

Will the newest iPad flourish or fail? On the day of the new tablet's release, consider Apple's fallen fruit before making up your mind.

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