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Submitted by THESHAUNZY 1129d ago | article

The console Apple doesn’t want you to know about. writes: "Welcome to a brief retrospect on video game consoles that didn’t fare well with the consumer market. All this talk about CES 2013, it has to be noted that not everything for the Consumer Electronics Show will be successful. In fact almost half of all the cool tech you see will never really take off… anywhere. The 1995 console from Apple called the Pippin is no exception. Let’s discuss the console that Apple doesn’t want you to know about." (Apple, Apple Jack, CES 2013, iPad, iPhone, Marathon, Marathon 2: Durandal, Marathon: Infinity, PC, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

TheGrimBunny  +   1129d ago
This would be interesting!
Mac is OK  +   1129d ago
What would be interesting? The Pippin?
TheGamerDood  +   1129d ago
Apple has already stated that they're interested in getting back into gaming but not in the traditional sense. I think they might go the Vidia Grid route or something similar since they have that huge facility in North Carolina.

If they do decided to go all in I have no doubt that it'll have a positive effect similar to when they got into music/movie/ebooks, driving down prices and also changing the way the industry deals with DRM.
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darthv72  +   1129d ago
the funny thing is....
people who dont know about the apple/bandai pippin and only now are finding out about it think its "interesting".

those of us that have been gaming for many many years have known about it for some time. It was interesting in its day and still quite collectable because of its obscurity.

It wasnt anything to really turn heads like the fm towns marty was though. or even the supergrafx.
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sikbeta  +   1129d ago
Applebox = $5999 = Give me FIVE!!!! -____-
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edwoods  +   1129d ago
This MESSAGE is for 99 percent of the N4g community: Stop posting lame messages below articles with your pseudo intellectual, business-mind wannabe strategies on what multi million/billion dollar companies should or shouldn't be doing. Just because you took a few economic classes in college and learned a few big words doesn't mean you know anything. No one on here has any true investment wisdom, so stop stroking each other off and go get job's in the stock market if you're so damn "smart"
violents  +   1129d ago
All this in response to someone saying "intresting"? Get a life man.
edwoods  +   1129d ago
This message is a general statement, unapplicable to any one comment. Stop trying to digress the point being made about the joke of a community that is N4G
ZombieKiller  +   1129d ago
Interesting? No thank you. As much as I love my xbox, microsofts cocky attitude and bad business practices have started something very bad this generation. I REALLY don't want Apple to enter the competition. Sony's trying to still keep the PSN free but with more competition, they will raise prices and follow trends as well and GOD KNOWS we don't need Apple creating bad trends.
Then again, maybe them and COD can get together and just release a new game console and game every year.
Seriously think about what Apple is doing with iphone by releasing a few extra features on the same phone and charging more. Sounds EXACTLY like what COD does, yet every year people bitch about COD not working properly. Sony wants to beat MS to the punch this year with their console. What if Apple decides they like the revenue and rush their next system out? Competition will be right there with em' and who loses? The people that bought the rushed system....if the competition follows, all the systems will be rushed.
Apple and MS turn things into branded stuff...their brand. I don't want to forfeit my games and consoles because I have to buy a $50 battery pack because the Amazon rechargables make my controller shut down. But this is where it's all going....they control the revenue and the speed they obtain it at. You pay more 'just because'
morkendo23  +   1129d ago
yes it would be interesting

but if APPLE go same route as MS-SONY FPS,MMO then no need to jump in the market
flooded already with first person shooters.
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THESHAUNZY  +   1129d ago
Could apple revisit the console via the iOS for home consoles?
edgeofsins  +   1129d ago
You can hook up your iPhone to the TV I think. I think they should definitely show off a tech demo of games that would take advantage of a blutooth controller while they have it plugged into a high resolution TV. I am a big gamer and I enjoy many apps on iPod/iPhone and on my Android phone. You can hook up blutooth controllers and keypads. Why not take advantage of it and also push the accessories market as well. It puts doubt into the product if people see good accessories for it that won't be put to use.
tubers  +   1129d ago
I'm quite interested as well. I just wish that after the next few Apple mobile product cycles, they'd have built in mini/micro HDMI out no longer requiring you to buy a TV out accessory or another stand alone product (Mac TV?).

Then again, 3-5 years from now, maybe wireless phone streaming to compatible TVs might become mainstream.

It would also be a nice gesture to customers if they'd allow great native support for PS3/360 (or upcoming) console standard controllers.

Pretty stoked on what all these companies are gonna offer years from now in terms of games.
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rbailey  +   1129d ago
Great piece and very interesting insight as well. I'm still curious what went down in that secret meeting between Valve and Apple. Maybe one day we will find out.
dirthurts  +   1129d ago
I'm sure it had something to do with Steam support on Mac operating systems.
nukeitall  +   1129d ago
Yeah, probably and it probably didn't go down well.

That's why Gabe is going Linux next. Apple is way harder to deal with then MS.
CommonSenseGamer  +   1129d ago
Every company has failed product lines so why all the dramatics?
Blackdeath_663  +   1129d ago
the article is not trying to have a go at apple as the title may seem to suggest no need to get defensive if anything it is informative as it brings to light a console i certainly haven't heard of before. another interesting point that was mad was that not all products at CES take off which makes me wonder what tech at CES will we hear more of in the future
vikingland1  +   1129d ago
Um the article is talking about Pipin Apples failed console is it not? Or am I missing something in the article. it seems so by the previous comments.
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NeXXXuS  +   1129d ago
American Product. Made in China. MAKES PERFECT SENSE.
SSJBen  +   1129d ago
You're funny.

Which Apple product isn't made in China now? Lol.

Or... which mainstream American product isn't made in China?
Shadowstar  +   1129d ago
Not... quite. Bandai made the Pippin hardware, Apple was trying to make money by licensing out the system. (They licensed it out to someone else, too.) It's just never been a good business model for Apple to license their software or hardware to third parties.
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evilunklebud  +   1129d ago
Apple already have an exceeding popular gaming device(s).... why would a console, or Pipin for that matter, be something they are even remotely interested in?
donnellybhoy88  +   1129d ago
Read. The. Article. Properly.
evilunklebud  +   1128d ago
Ignoring your excessive use of punctuation:

From the article.... "Will Apple ever launch another video game console other than its famous iOS devices only time will tell."

I was expressing an opinion on the that.

However, according to this website iOS is not a popular gaming platform. Go figure.
Qrphe  +   1129d ago
I really liked how they tried implementing a trackball with that controller, too bad they didn't really use it with many games.
Murad  +   1129d ago
Buy Apple Consoles for 2000 bucks. Yah, I don't think so.
tubers  +   1129d ago
Like it or not the Apple fanbase might feel like it's the second coming.. It's still gonna sell pretty well.

Then again a lot of them seem to be smarting up since the release of the iPad Mini.
Murad  +   1129d ago
I personally don't care whether or not it sells really well. I will without a doubt support companies like Steam, or even Sony (not Microsoft), because they actually show dedication over the long years, while Apple clearly shows that they can fool people to buy 400 dollar phones every single month regardless of how poor they are, no wonder our economy sucks so much.
RXL  +   1129d ago
apple comes out with a 2000 dollar "magical" console inferior to all other consoles

then sues all other consoles for copying there idea of making a console.
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mandf  +   1129d ago
WOW I thought I was the only one to notice their strongarm tactics.
ziggurcat  +   1129d ago
hate to break it to you, buddy, but if you bothered to pull your head out of your PC fanboy *** and do any research, you'd find that apple doesn't file any more lawsuits than any other company.

so... that joke is really getting tired.
mandf  +   1129d ago
I only have an apple macbook. Apple is overpriced and they are always claiming someone stole something from them. I'm not a fanboy. I'm just stating facts. Apple is becoming the new M$. Greed has gone to their heads. They once care about their products, instead now they just put a few tweaks, new shell, and market the crap out of it.
Murad  +   1129d ago
That is friggin hilarious man, props to you!
TheSuperior  +   1129d ago
skeptical but hopeful I suppose
lfclee  +   1129d ago
I am using my ipad 4 now I haven't put it down since I have had it , games are very cheap but I find them hard too control except for games like angry birds but they have amazing graphics , anyway my point being I don't think apple needs a console , apples plan is to do what it does best the i phone and ipad .
CommonSenseGamer  +   1129d ago
Imagine however, docking the iPad next to your TV then picking up a controller and using the iPad like a console. The processing power being built into tablets and smart phones is making this a distinct possibility and I for one love it. Although I will be going down the Android and not iOS route if it happens.
lfclee  +   1129d ago
Would be great wouldn't it!
MultiConsoleGamer  +   1129d ago
I laugh at people who think Apple's future in the gaming industry will be anything like the Pippin.
Ritsujun  +   1129d ago
You pippin'?
Decaf_PIxel_Kat  +   1129d ago
I wish Apple would make a console for the next gen.
Hazmat13  +   1129d ago
that would be cool to see again. i mean with safari and video game its be like a fun toy for both gaming and web browsing. i mean the PS3 internet system is not that great and with 360 just barley getting a web browser. i think it would have been great. i think they should try again, besides it gives us a chance to see what graphic capabilities apple can do.
Soldierone  +   1129d ago
Apple wants you to forget everything before 2000 because all their products were getting pumbled by competition, and they didn't have "hip" brainwashing ads to say otherwise.

Really don't want Apple and their ads plus "sue everyone for very general patents!" to enter. You let them in, then suddenly Samsung will come, LG will come, and so on. Last thing we need is greedy phone companies (Verizon and AT T) looking at consoles....

Honestly though, IF they do come. PLEASE work with Sega or something and make a real console! Don't make an inferior piece of crap and shove it into the market with advertising.....
Shadowstar  +   1129d ago
No, no. You can remember up to 1986, and then after 1997. It's only 11ish years missing time.
Playstation4LyFe  +   1129d ago
PASS!, it will just be overpriced.... and it will offer terrible games, PASS
millzy102  +   1129d ago
apple should never make a console, and why would I want to buy an iPad, plug it into my tv and and play games on it with a controller, I have playstaion Nintendo and Xbox for that and when im out I have my vita and 3ds which can fit in my pocket and they have real games on it, I have an android phone and I refuse to play games on it, touch screen only controls suck and the games are generally shit.
i8urCAKE  +   1129d ago
It will maybe succeed just because it's Apple brand.. other than that it won't be that great.. We get Ouya , Gamestick,new xbox,new ps3 and now the announced Nvidia Shield thing. iOS console won't have anything better..
THESHAUNZY  +   1129d ago
Did you even read the article? ITS FROM THE 90'S PEOPLE!!! WTF!
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Ritsujun  +   1129d ago
Apple's next console would be full of childish/girlish/family games like Nintendo's
southernbanana  +   1129d ago
Apple can stay out of the video game business, I am perfectly happy with the current offerings.
madmike956  +   1129d ago
if they sold it again and named it ipippin it would sell millions
LOL_WUT  +   1129d ago
C'mon Apple make a gaming console you'll definitely have my support. ;)
thecowsaysmoo  +   1129d ago
Apple has iOS which is better than ps3 and xbox 360 , but not wii u.
Revvin  +   1129d ago
"The console Apple doesn’t want you to know about."

The one they promoted and released worldwide and sold for two years? That's the secret huh? Ooook. Must be a slow month of sites need to dig up old information like this that has been talked about for years and present it like some kind of scoop.
pennywhyz  +   1129d ago
Apple is a sham u buy this console then they make a new 1 next year like the ipad and i phone.I think most people are starting see how apple works.Shame on you apple.
Droid Control  +   1129d ago
I wonder why the PS3 almost had a crap controller like the pippin...
vydeljr  +   1128d ago
This is just crazy. Can you imagine what next gen gonna be like
with all these damn consoles on the market? You got the wiiu, ouya, steambox,
this portable console called the shield, now this? The new xbox and ps4 hasnt been annouced
yet but you know it's coming. That is seven consoles if you include the portable one. Don't you think that too much? We are all still struggling even though Im getting the wiiu soon and the nextbox and ps4, but think about the developers and consumers. Thats a lot of money to make games for and the development of these games are not getting any cheaper. The hardcore fans out there and on this site know what they are getting next gen when they role out cuz they do there homework, but the everyday consumer will be clueless about what they want to purchase. Gamestop are going to have to increase the size of there stores next gen when the library of those systems increase. I remember when ps3 came out it only had a corner now it has a whole wall. Then you have these 4k tvs coming out and you know sony they aim for a 10 year life cycle so is they waiting for the 4k tvs to come out or what? I don't really know for sure but what I do know is next gen going to be huge and somebody not goin to survive through it thats for certain. Who it's going to be only time will tell. Happy gaming.

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