Bad Jobs: Steve Jobs' Biggest Apple Flops

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xXSINS OF WARXx

Death to Apple's iTunes.

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h e x e n

In my opinion, Apple has only made two decent products: the ipod and iphone. Both revolutionized and streamlined our concepts of digital entertainment, storage, transport and connectivity. Both are heavy hitters in their respected fields and anyone looking to purchase a smartphone or MP3 device would be a fool not to consider them.

Everything else from Apple is garbage. From their software to their computers, it's all pretty much trash in my opinion. The ipad is the biggest waste of resources I've seen in a long time. It's right up there with the Hummer H2.

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Engelsstaub

The iPad doesn't qualify as an Apple failure because you don't like it. I think their sales speak for themselves.

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Terdog

For me, probably the first generation iMac. That thing sucked, Looked like a kiddie toy, the build quality was awful, and that mouse, ugh. I remember playing with one in a store, and I hated it.

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Neel Chauhan

I hate the iPad because it is trying to replace the laptop because of it's popularity and will fail. Because of the iPad newer GUIs like OSX Lion and Windows 8 have a tablet feel which gets confusing for PC users who don't use tablets on a daily basis.

Apple creates fads which last 10 years and then fall because they failed to change life and were just a fashion, like the iPod is getting less popular because it was a fad from a few years ago.

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Engelsstaub

Really? The iPod is just a fad?? It's already lasted ten years and I'd love to see those numbers indicating it's getting less popular.

You are free to hate the iPad, but it's not trying to replace the laptop. I know many special needs children who use and benefit from the use of the iPad.

"Because of the iPad newer GUIs like OSX Lion and Windows 8 have a tablet feel..."  

...so you're blaming the iPad for Microsoft's recent lack of innovation, originality, or vision? This is about Apple's business fails, not what you personally don't like. The iPad and the iPod are two of the biggest successes in recent tech history.

 

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Stinky Fartface

Ping wasn't the only turd they glommed onto iTunes. That "Genius" playlist was a real clunker too. Mybe they should have purchased Pandora and made it worthwhile. But no. It still sucks after all this time.

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Baer

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Zaap

My 4th gen iPod Touch.

It's a great device, and the screen looks real nice. But the battery life SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKS. From the very start it could barely last a full day of use. And yes, I've taken every possible step recommended all over the web to improve the battery life. It still blows.

My 1st gen iPod Touch would last for several days of use; some average gaming, web surfing, and of course tons of music with the screen turned off.

Then I had a 3rd gen iPod Touch and the design had gotten slimmer, but the battery life had gotten that much slimmer right along with it.

Now the 4th gen iPod Touch is thin enough for the leprechans it was designed for I guess, but the battery life is pathetic. Clearly, Apple cares more about making things thin and sexy than they give a squat about performance. It's not like the 1st gen iPods were bulky- heck, I'd have been perfectly happy with the 4th gen screen in a package the thickness of the 1st gen if it meant keeping a useable battery life. But I guess the leprechans would complain "It's not thin enough!"

As for other Apple 'flops'- what about those horrible garrish colors of see-through plastic Apple was once obessed with? Everyone praises Apple for such amazing industrial design, but I remember those circus colors as some of the most tasteless looking junk the tech world has ever produced. (Go look at the original toilet seat iBooks!) Worse, do people remember that every other company on the planet felt they had to make their products match the tacky plastic colors? You'd go to buy a USB hub, scanner, external drive or whatever, and chances are they had the same model in garrish see-through 'iMac Blue'. The Macheads were patting themselves on the back that they'd defeated the beige box by infecting the entire tech world with the 'new' look, but really... pastel see-through blue/orange/red/paisly(!!) plastic was an improvement?? Not in my book.

It's not a single product, but I also think Apple flops at Blu-ray support.

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froggz

iTunes.  I can't stand the entire concept of having the itouch and iPad completely reliant on software that's installed on the PC/MAC. I just want to copy paste, not backup/update/search for new addition to the library, etc for every damn little thing.

But the number one thing I absolutely hate about apple is the freaking "i".  Thanks to them, every stupid damn marketing department of every single tech company has to have a product with the damn "i" at the beginning of the name.

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lo_tek

I have an iPad 2 and a 17" Macbook Pro.  I love both pieces of equipment.  Having said that, I will also say that it will be a long, long time before I buy another Apple product, if ever.  Why?  The money that they cost just simply is not justified by the value that they give.  To be fair, their tablet prices are comparable to the Android tablets.  And the iPad 2 is wonderful.  All things being equal, it will be the only tablet I will use for many years.  The Macbook Pro, on the other hand, while being wonderful, the OSX Lion did not live up to its billing.  It did not awe me in any way whatsoever.  Its Launcher and its Mission Control are simply Expose and the App Folder warmed over.  There's a reason why Lion was only $29.99 and I'm still finding out, lol.  But the main thing is that Apple products are, in general, just plain, flat-out TOO EXPENSIVE for the value they give.  That right there is the ultimate deal breaker and why OSX will never come close to making the dominant OS out there even nervous.

 

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The Relic

The Lisa was the first commercial computer to employ a GUI? Really?

Wasn't it actually the Xerox Star, around 2 years earlier, that had a window-based GUI?

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vig1lant3

GUI was developed by Xerox at PARC (Palo Alto Research Center).  Apple and Microsoft were just opportunistic.

My least favorite product was those stupid I am a Mac commercials.  Thank God Justin Long faded into obsolescence.

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Wily_One

Correct.  Xerox developed the first GUI internally for the Alto, way back in 1973.  The commercial version was the Xerox Star, and it was the Star GUI that Apple copied for the Lisa and the Mac.

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dethdeks

gotta love all the people whinning they hate the iphone but yet then turn around and say they own one. i dont recall anyone ever having a gun put to there head when getting a new phone telling them buy the iphone or get shot.  and just a fyi i dont have an iphone, the only apple product i own is a 3rd gen ipod touch. and its the closest ill come to a iphone. but to keep this post on topic the worst apple product out there thats still available is iOS. lets release the same os over and over and just bring the build number up each time and add maybe one or two new "features" to it. 

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Stinky Fartface

Who would be more experienced with the suckage of an iphone than an actual iphone user? I would certainly trust their opinion over some Android or Blackberry user spewing some secondhand venom they hear in a forum somewhere. Most people who buy an expensive item will defend it just to justify their purchase. If someone owns an iphone and bashes it based on firsthand experience I will respect that.

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bautrey

The only apple product I own is an Ipod Classic with video capability in an 80GB model.  It has lasted me all these years very well and still works perfectly fine.  Though I could use something new, this still works so I will stick with for a while longer.  I have never filled it completely up sadly...

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Wily_One

@jgrimoldy:  The Apple IIGS was awesome.  (Probably because Jobs had nothing to do with it.)

 

You guys did miss the Apple /// however.  Basically just a suped-up Apple ][ but had horrible build quality.  That didn't stop Jobs from demanding the Apple premium price however.

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qhoa1385

Where's the iPhone 4? i mean a phone that can't call? 

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defiler

The Newton and any mouse they made.

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Dukarma

I'm pretty sure that we can agree that all of the products that Apple created (no matter what they inspired) suck really, really bad. I personally hate Apple and all things that have ever, and still proceed to spawn from the company. I've owned one Apple device, a 4th gen Nano, it was buggy, and just an all around piece of junk.

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Engelsstaub

Many Mac users are having some "growing pains" with OS X LIon. The Apple support forums are full of complaints. Some are even hailing it "Apple's Vista."  (I'm not personally having a problem with it, but Snow Leopard was amazingly efficient and tough to improve upon IMO.)

...so maybe another one, depending on who you ask.

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Dartht33bagger

I have to say I like my 5th gen iPod video, but otherwise I don't care for Apple products at all.

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MaximumMike

All of them.

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Zoandar

+1 I was going to post exactly that when I got to the bottom. Thanks for doing it for me. No apples here. :)

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CalDrumr

My least favorite Steve Jobs product was Apple... Wait, what was the question?

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lhatten

How about the biggest fail of all NeXT.  Now there was a winner!!

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Slugbait

NeXT came after Jobs was forced out of the company, and had nothing to do with Apple...except the part when Apple tried to sue.

In addition, NeXT actually lasted for 10 years...then was purchased by (drumroll please...) Apple. Tim Berners-Lee developed the first web browser and web server on NeXT. Carmack built Wolfenstein 3D and Doom on NeXT.

Now, what was that about biggest fail again?

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lhatten

I should have specified the NeXT computer system, not just the software.  The NeXT computer system only lasted from 1987 to 1993.  During that time, it sold maybe 50,000 computers, about 1/2 the number of LISA computer systems sold.  The whole concept of no hard disk with only an optical disk and a network connection was a big fail! 

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Slugbait

Not just the software?

It wouldn't have mattered what you specified...other than the lawsuit, Apple had absolutely nothing to do with NeXT until they purchased it 10 years after its inception. Many say NeXT was purchased for their OS (which is the foundation of OSX and iOS), but what Apple really wanted was to acquire NeXT's CEO...that person guided Apple to become one of the most valuable computer companies in the world. NeXT was not an Apple flop: to the contrary, purchasing NeXT was the single best thing Apple ever did.

As far as the "no hard disk" comment, you had a choice: 330 megs or 660 megs...I'm pretty sure "no hard disk" was not an option.

And I'm pretty sure you're the fail here...

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therestorestore

pretty sure they had hard disks

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Happy

Wasn't the first web browser Mozaic? (which was coded by a team led by Andreesen).

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Slugbait

Nope...the first GUI browser was called "WorldWideWeb", written by "The Father of the Internet" Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1990, and later was renamed "Nexus". There were a couple of other browsers, such as ViolaWWW, before Mozaic was released in 1993.

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Ridnarhtim

What's your least favorite Steve Jobs Apple product?

Everything to ever come out of that company. But since I'm having to deal with owning one, the iPhone.

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tittybits

I think the worst thing or the "before its time" was the Apple Pippen, the underpowered Mac game console!

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jgrimoldy

No Newton? 

No Apple II-GS?

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Stinky Fartface

Haha. Really. I can't believe you made an Apple shitlist without the Newton on it. That was one imfamously poor piece of hardware.

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DJSPIN80

Ping and Final Cut Pro X were terrible.

First off, at the time, Pandora did a better job than Ping.  Ping was more of a MySpace for iTunes and served no real purpose to its users.

I was a tad disappointed with Final Cut Pro X.  It had true Cocoa and 64-bit support...and they killed so many other features. 

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Holly Golightly

Wow, that iPod photo was a train wreck. What were they thinking? I do miss the iMac mouse though, despite discomfort.

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Maktaka

Sure, it had all the ergonomics of an artsy Swedish chair combined with the design aesthetics of a preschool toy, what's not to love?

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