5 Things I Can’t Believe that Apple Still Sells

The other day I was looking through the Apple.com accessories section for a keyboard and I ran across a few items that I was kinda shocked that Apple still sells. In most cases these items have probably been forgotten about and just never removed from the site, but nonetheless it’s interesting to still see them listed. Especially when Apple is quick to tell us that it was because of “courage” they removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Or how it was bold to stop putting floppy drives in Macs back in the day. In no particular order:

5 The Apple Mouse

I’ve been using a wireless Magic Mouse and now Magic Mouse 2 for years. I was shocked to see that not only does Apple still sell the wired Apple Mouse, but it’s still $49. By the way, I absolutely hated this particular mouse back in the day. The scroll nub would always stop working! Wired mice are still useful, just not this one.  It’s here.

4 Apple USB SuperDrive

I can’t remember the last time I needed to read or write a CD/DVD. Apple stopped putting optical drives in their computers back in 2011-2012. However, they have offered an external version ever since. Low and behold that external SuperDrive is still available in case you find the need to pop in disc, they’ve got you covered.

It’s here for $79.

 

3 Apple iPhone Bluetooth Travel Cable

Apple’s AirPods aren’t the first bluetooth headset that Apple ever made. Back in the day Apple made a nice little bluetooth headset that I actually liked. It was small and didn’t have the annoying flashing LEDs as the competitors did back then. However, for whatever reason Apple discontinued the headset, but guess what? You can still get the travel charging cable complete with a 30 pin connector for your old iPhone.

It’s here for $29 (bluetooth headset NOT included – it’s discontinued)

 

2 Apple Composite AV Cable

If you’re still looking for a way to connect your old iPod to your standard def TV, Apple has you covered. You can still get that hot new in the box composite AV cable to watch shows on your old TV.

Get it here for $39.

 

1 Apple iPod shuffle

Nothing says I don’t care much about you than the gift of an iPod shuffle. Here! Now you can listen to some music in a random order with no display or way to go to a specific song. Also when you’re ready to put more music on it, plug it into your computer and sync songs/playlists to it from iTunes. In all seriousness I even see kids with iPod touch players. Yes the little clip on shuffle is great for working out/running, but that’s literally about it. The future is (still) here!

Get an iPod shuffle here for $49. (your friends will be amazed)

 

Bottom Line

Apple has made some really cool stuff over the years and usually when they discontinue products we can understand. Now I’ve given you a peek at a few things that probably should have been discontinued long ago, but for whatever reason are still available today. Hope you had fun, there’s more but these were the ones that surprised me most.



  • Nini Tjäder

    U are wrong about the Apple Mouse and the USB Superdrive. It all depends on how u use things.

    The Apple Mouse is, as I see it, still a very good mouse and it is not dependant on charging to work. U just plug in the cord and that is it. With my new iMac I got my very first cordless MagicMouse. There are certain things about that I don’t like. Particularly its very sharp sides. Apple ought to have made them rounded, like on the Apple Mouse. It is uncomfortable to hold because of that.

    (And by the way, I really hate the very small keyboard without num-pad that comes with machines nowadays. I’ve seriously considered re-attaching my old keyboard with cord and num-pad).

    As for the Super drive, I just bought one for my brand new iMac 21.5″ Retina which does not have one. So what do u do with software that only comes on CDs/DVDs? Not everything is downloadable and installable via the cloud/internet. Or with your backups or stored on CDS/DVDs documents and images? If you have anything stored like that you really NEED the superdrive to be able to access that content.

    I’ve used Macs and various Apple thingies since 1989. Some have been better than others. But that tiny keyboard is only for people who do not really write anything but only scroll and click.

  • Hey,

    I still dont know about Apple USB SuperDrive!!! Apple sells USB drives too, along with cables and mouse!

  • dodfaefife

    Ha! I just re-watched the original iPhone launch video and had completely forgotten about the Bluetooth headphone. “Coming soon” announced Steve. Brilliant.

  • Sean Deak

    I use the SuperDrive all the time. I also use the corded mouse. Way more economical than bluetooth.

  • Doug Dolde

    I have the wired Apple Mouse and it’s the only one I like. Trackpads are absurd and the Magic Mouse is a piece of crap

    • The Pool Man

      Why are trackpads absurd?

  • MaxLeopold
  • Jim Sewell

    The iPod Shuffle description reminds me of a lot of streaming music services. Unless you buy music you are at their mercy.
    Cheers.

  • Christine Roosa

    I have and use my iPod shuffle a couple times a week. The battery life is amazing. I use it for running. There are no other compact options for music that work well for long runs. I love the easy to navigate buttons and no displays. No display means I don’t accidentally swipe the screen and change the song. My only complaint is that there isn’t a BT option. I prefer my BT headphones on my shorter runs. Would love to have an option.

    The CD drive … I’ve encountered a couple scenarios in the last year when I’ve needed to burn or rip a CD. I’m glad I still have one on my MacBook. I also have a lot of older photos backed up onto cd that I haven’t yet move down onto my external archive drive. I suppose I should do that before my cd drive quits working and my options are gone.

  • Apple Composite AV Cable and Apple iPod Shuffle ! Do they really exist on Apple store ? I visited few Apple stores, but I didn’t see them. Well, I think it’s because I didn’t look for them.