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.
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.
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.
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.
1996: As an Internet browser, Cyberdog offered e-mail, an address book and news updates. Apple lost money on the project and cancelled the venture in 1997.
1994: A forerunner to today's digital cameras, the Apple QuickTake 100 was an unexpected product from Apple. Poor sales prompted its cancellation.
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.
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.
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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