1. The Museum of Failed Innovation: The Apple Newton
Apple boasts a proud history of innovation, but not every idea that originated in the company enjoyed the success of today's ubiquitous devices. After Steve Jobs resigned from Apple in 1985, his old adversary John Sculley hatched a plan to develop the world's first personal digital assistant (PDA).
The handheld computer could have heralded a tech revolution when the Newton was launched in 1993. The pocket-sized device could take notes and send faxes and came equipped with a stylus and 2MB of expandable memory. But the handwriting feature that was central to the concept proved disastrous, drawing widespread mockery that spread as far as The Simpsons.
The Newton rates highly for innovation and design, but the implementation was poorly planned. It did, however, provide a foundation for some of Apple’s most defining creations, as the man who scrapped it would later acknowledge. Jobs returned to the company in 1997, and promptly cancelled the platform. "By shutting it down, I freed up some good engineers who could work on new mobile devices," he told his biographer Walter Issacson. "And eventually we got it right when we moved on to iPhones and iPad."