10 Apple Products That Changed Everything (And 10 That Didn’t)

Apple (AAPL, $190.80) is the world’s most valuable company, with a market value that is climbing ever closer to $1 trillion.

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Apple (AAPL (opens in new tab), $190.80) is the world’s most valuable company, with a market value that is climbing ever closer to $1 trillion. It is among the world’s most recognizable and valuable brands, and it has grown from a tiny computer upstart into a consumer electronics behemoth with roughly 500 retail stores in prime locations worldwide.

And investors know Apple a wealth-generating machine whose performance of the past few decades has made it one of the best stocks of all time.

Apple has survived more than 40 years in a fiercely competitive industry by taking risks. It has been rewarded at times with game-changing products that have sold literally billions of dollars. But from time to time, Apple has made some spectacular faceplants.

For every iPhone that consumers line up for, there has been a Newton gathering dust in a drawer.

Here is a look at 10 Apple products that changed everything, as well as 10 that flamed out … and even a few more current products that the jury still hasn’t ruled on.

Brad Moon
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Brad Moon is a tech industry veteran who contributes to a range of publications including Forbes, InvestorPlace and MSN Money and is an original member of the award-winning GeekDad blog. Over the past decade, he has also written about technology for Wired, Gizmodo, Shaw Media, About.com, The Winnipeg Free Press and others.