- Product Type: Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
To be fair to Apple, this product was not exactly a bad idea. The Apple Newton was an early form of the PDA, a term it originated. It had handwriting recognition too, which was revolutionary for its time. The device ran on Apple’s own proprietary operating system, the Newton OS. It also ran on the ARM 610 RISC processor. While innovative, Newton was ultimately one of Apple’s biggest failed tech products of all time. It was high-priced out of the gate and had problems with its most notable feature, handwriting recognition. Steve Jobs, gone from the company at the time, hated the device. When he returned, he killed the entire Newton line. However, many say that Apple Newton’s successes led to the invention of the iPhone.