Forget iPhone 13, iPhone SE 3, just have a look at these 5 ‘hatke’ blast-from-the-past Apple products

While everyone knows about the iPhone 13, the iPhone SE 3 and Apple Watch as being stellar Apple gadgets, but there are some really ‘hatke’ products that will make you say, "What were they thinking!" Here are 5 Apple products you wouldn't think even existed.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 11:55 IST
Apple is known for a wide range of products including the iPhone 13, iPhone SE 3 and the Apple Watch, but did you know that the same company was also behind these top 5 ‘hatke’ products? Check the list. (Pixabay)
Apple is known for a wide range of products including the iPhone 13, iPhone SE 3 and the Apple Watch, but did you know that the same company was also behind these top 5 ‘hatke’ products? Check the list. (Pixabay)

For years, Apple has been known for many iconic, innovative and groundbreaking products including iPhone, iPad, Watch, iMac and more. And even today, Apple continues to bring popular names like the iPhone 13, iPhone SE 3, iPad Air and MacBook Pro to many households. But did you know that the same company was also behind the first commercially successful digital camera, a Swiss army knife and a clothing line? If you did not, then you are in for a treat. We have showcased the top 5 ‘hatke' Apple products. Check out these products that are you would never think Apple could have manufactured.

Most of these products were manufactured and sold in the past and all of them have been discontinued. However, they all played a role in the journey of the Cupertino-based tech giant in becoming what it is today. It is interesting to see the research and thought processes that must have gone into building these products. So, let us take a look at the Apple products you probably did not even know ever existed.

1. Apple QuickTake

Labeled as the first mainstream digital camera under $1000 according to the Time Magazine, the Apple QuickTake first came out in 1994. Interestingly it was designed in collaboration with Kodak and was manufactured in Japan. The Apple QuickTake featured VGA resolution, a fixed 50mm-equivalent F/2 lens, an optical viewfinder, and an LCD display. This product of Apple was a significant milestone for the modern day ‘point and shoot' cameras. The product was also ranked as 100 greatest and most influential gadgets from 1923 to the present.

2. Apple Swiss Army Knife

Probably a product not many would associate with the tech giant, but Apple once manufactured the iconic Swiss Army knives. The Apple Swiss Army Knife was designed in collaboration with popular Swiss Army knife maker Victorinox. Now, defunct, you can still come across this ‘hatke' Apple product on OLX or eBay. Today, this is a true collector's item. Unboxing your iPhone 13 or iPhone SE 3 would be twice the fun with this Apple tool!

3. Apple Analog Wristwatch

We all know about the Apple Watch – a smartwatch that not only keeps track of your activities but also connects with all your Apple devices to create an easy way to stay connected. It was a simple black colored watch with white hands for hours and minutes and a red arm for seconds. Apple had put a tag ‘Think Different' in the middle of the watch face and a rainbow Apple logo on the top. While it was not a commercially successful product and was dropped shortly after, it still remains the Apple Watch with the highest battery backup.

4. Apple Clothing Line

Apple products are fashionable, but once upon a time, Apple was entirely into haute couture. Yes, in 1986, Apple briefly tried its hands at a clothing line. The idea was directly conceptualized by Steve Jobs and soon Apple launched a wide range of sweatshirts, patterned shirts, polos, caps and kidswear. The company called it the Apple Collection. The fourth item on our top 5 lists of ‘hatke' Apple products may not have been successful but it did show the company's ability to think 'differently'.

5. Apple Newton

In 1993, Apple came out with the Apple Newton. Apple Newton was a series of personal digital assistants (PDAs). The devices were pre-loaded with a variety of software to help users in personal data organization and management. It had tools like calculator, conversion calculators (metric conversions, currency conversions, etc), time-zone maps and more. It also included one of the first handwriting recognition tools as well. However, the company soon ran into trouble due to production issues and its overpriced nature and it was discontinued in 1998. The naming of the product is also interesting . Apple chose Newton for the obvious reference. But given that Apple's first digital assistant was called Newton, it is worth wondering that if the product did not fail, we could have Newton in iPhone 13 and iPhone SE instead of Siri- perhaps.

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First Published Date: 28 Apr, 19:05 IST