Once we have a list– except for those of 100 or more– we then begin to argue the merits of one item on the list versus another. Humans seem to enjoy arguing, too. With those things in mind, I compiled a couple of lists of Apple products that cannot be argued against.
Good vs. Bad
You can change the order here and there but it should be obvious to the long time Apple customer and Apple’s many critics that these are the best products ever. In order:
- iPhone – Please. Numbers tell the tale. Apple has sold more iPhones in the past decade or so than all other company products combined. A billion are still in use.
- Mac – We can argue whether Mac or iPad goes here– there are nearly 300-million iPads on earth vs. barely 100-million Macs, but the Mac represents Apple’s soul.
- iPad – Few products from any company sell the way iPad sells; it defines the tablet genre and still fits between iPhone and Mac.
- Watch – The math won’t let this one go away. Watch has increased in functionality and, like iPod, become an iconic product that still represents the future.
- iPod – I have to provide readers with a nod to the distant past. iPod changed Apple and brought in a few hundred million Windows PC customers to Apple stores and that halo effect meant more Mac sales.
- Apple IIe – This is the Apple product that put the company on the technology map. Kudos to Steve Wozniak for designing and building the Little Engine That Could device that inspired an entire generation of PC users.
See? Easy, right? What about the worst products ever? Yes, you can argue about this list with your friends, but I nailed it.
- Pippen – This was Apple’s ill-fated game device that was so bad the company didn’t even want to bring it into the U.S.
- 20th Anniversary Mac – Puhleeze. Overpriced and under powered, it represented the worst of Apple’s marketing and engineering.
- Lisa – The precursor to the Mac was a beautiful design and a wonder of engineerings but dealt a single flaw by the $10,000 price tag.
- Mac Portable – Luggable is a better word. This hefty hefty hefty behemoth was Apple’s first entry into, uh, well, portable designs. I prefer Jony Ive’s version of thinner, lighter, faster.
- Macintosh TV – It was black. It was a TV. It was a Mac LC something or other. It never had a birthday unless you count in months.
- Newton – Steve Jobs killed the Newton upon returning to Apple in 1997 and, well, good riddance. It idea was sound– small, handheld device that could do chores on the go but it was underpowered and too big for true mobility. Jobs did everyone a favor by putting Apple’s resources into the future, away from the past.
Those are the Apple products– for good or bad– that inspired my love and some derision. What’s on your lists?