Present day Apple is one of the richest and most powerful companies in the world. Lately, it seems they can do no wrong. The iPad was ridiculed in 2010 by tech experts as an unnecessary toy — until they sold almost 20 million units in the first year alone. People line up for days in advance whenever a new iPhone is released. But the company wasn’t always such a sure thing. In the 80s and 90s, Apple struggled financially. A litany of different products were released to turn things around, but only a few of them were successful. It wasn’t until the iPod was released in 2001 that Apple really started to surge and not look back. Before that, a whole bunch of crappy products briefly hit the shelves and suffered dismal sales. Here are 14 products that can only be considered complete disasters.
14. The Apple Macintosh Portable
This was Apple’s first attempt at portable computers. Luckily for them, they’ve come a long way since the Macintosh Portable, as the MacBook line of laptops are some of the best around. In 1989 though, this clunky heap of plastic was released. Design failures meant that sometimes the machine wouldn’t turn on at all, even when plugged in. Calling it “portable” was generous, at best. It weighed 16 pounds and was four inches thick.