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Chutzpah: Tech's Biggest Broken Promises

By Cliff Edwards - 2012-03-05T20:01:26Z

Photograph by James Leynse/Corbis

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Apple PowerMac G4 Cube (2000)

The flop that was the G4 Cube gets lost in the story of Steve Jobs's triumphant return to Apple. "This is a stunning product, quite possibly the most beautiful we've ever designed," Jobs said at its unveiling.

Though considered a style triumph, Jobs's "one more thing" 8-inch desktop stumbled because of its high $1,799 price, design defects and inability to upgrade to more powerful graphic components. A year later, Apple announced it was putting the Cube "on ice."