Theres a lot of speculation for what exactly

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direction. There’s a lot of speculation for what exactly compelled him to make that decision, and in the end we’ll never truly know. As far as I can tell though, it’s a combination of an unshakably
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bad reputation, low sales and Steve Job’s new vision for the company, the iMac which promptly became the focus of Apple and would return it back from its declining sales into the profitable future of the 21 st century. Recommendations: Apple’s inability to swiftly and sufficiently respond to the public relation disaster was their first major foible. Given how dysfunctional it was, a lot of trouble could have been avoided if they had pulled the feature entirely and rolled it out later as a downloadable application when they had gotten a better handle on it. Furthermore, later on in the product’s lifecycle, they had taken major steps to fixing its ability to read handwriting and they needed to promote that more through advertising, interviews and press releases. They seemed incapable of fully admitting their mistake and thus, their lack of a proper response resulted in a lack of interest. This was also a contributing factor to its declining sales later on in its lifecycle, which could have been avoided entirely by removing the feature until it was better developed or at least marketing that they’ve improved upon it later on. Finally, Steve Job’s decision was spot on, and this is coming from a guy that loves to make jokes at the expense of Apple and try to convert people to Android. Steve Jobs absolutely made the right call to kill this product when he returned to power, and his decision to shift entirely to the iMac, in 20/20 hindsight was a homerun. It would be ill-advised of me to recommend that he keep it alive, and indeed they borrowed both ideas and technology from the Newton into their iPad and iPhone, so the Newton isn’t even a sunk cost in that regard either. Yes, it was a failed business venture but it provided the foundation for the thriving success that was the iPad and iPhone, so it really did work itself out, similar to how the disaster that was
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Zoomer rose from its ashes as the beautiful phoenix that was the Palm Pilot. Indeed, given Apple’s tremendous success, we would be ill-advised to change their past at all.
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