iPod socks - smelly feat
But Apple wasn't finished scaring its iPod accessory makers. There are thousands of iPod cases out there - some officially endorsed, the majority not - but none was as hideous as the iPod Sock. This knitwear absurdity was thought to be joke on launch (December 2004) but its reality did at least hint that Steve Jobs still took the occasional drug or three.
iPod Socks come in packs of six - either in case you have six iPods or your iPod sweats like a jogger's foot. Apple still sells these things. Where in Steve Jobs' design aesthetic did these things spring from?
Mighty Mouse - dirty rat
Apple is famous for inventing the world's worst mouse - the original iMac's so-called Hockey Puck mouse, which was small and round and crap.
And the company has a lot of previous in the odd input department. While everyone else added a second button or seven plus a handy scroll wheel for added functionality and ease of use, Apple stuck doggedly to its one-button, two-click philosophy. Result: anyone sane went and bought a mouse from Microsoft or Logitech.
Apple finally relented and designed some decent mice. The Pro Mouse (July 2000) even had hidden multiple click functions. But we waited years before Apple added a scroll wheel.
The Mighty Mouse (August 2005) had a little scroll ball that looked just great. You could even scroll diagonally! But after a few weeks of loving it, the Mighty Mouse sprang its nasty surprise - the scroll ball stopped working.
Either Up or Down just froze because it got clogged up with dirt. OK, that dirt was off our hands but the fact that it stopped doing what it was supposed to do at the most annoying moments soon spelt Apple Dud.
You're really not meant to have to blow, lick or spit at your tech, but it was a two-way thing. We blew. It sucked.