10 discontinued products that we still miss dearly

Financial Post | Business

It happens all the time – for one reason or another, a company gives up on a product.

It stops producing it. It stops supporting it. It diverts its resources to other pursuits in hopes of creating something bigger and better than before.

And sometimes these companies are wrong.

Whether it’s for purely nostalgic reasons or practical purposes, here are 10 discontinued products that we miss.

1. Apple Newton

Released: 1993

Discontinued: 1998

This was Apple’s first take on a handheld organizational device. It used a stylus and handwriting recognition software to capture notes, orchestrate your calendar, and look up contact information.

There are a number of theories surrounding why it was discontinued. It had several flaws — the writing recognition dictionary contained only 10,000 words, for instance. The most reasonable seems to be that Apple was in financial distress and had to make cuts where it could.

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