Apples worst failures of all time from AirPower to Bendgate to the

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments • Apple Sprint Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple iMac 2019 is a millennial trapped in the body of a baby boomer AirPower’s failure won’t hurt Apple. But these 3 things already are Apple’s origins: An oral history from inside the loop In other Apple news $999 Best Buy The canceled AirPower wireless charging mat. Apple Apple last week did something it rarely ever does: It canceled an already announced project. Specifically, AirPower, a wireless charging pad that would charge up the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods all at once. After 18 months, not a single AirPower device saw the light of day.  The unexpected death of AirPower is an uncommon occurrence for Apple, which so carefully nurtures its buttoned-up public image. It’s rare for the company to announce a product so far in advance and even more rare that it publicly cancels a project before it ships.The AirPower misstep sticks out among Apple’s hit parade over the last 20 years. From iTunes, iMovie and FaceTime to the iPod, the iPhone, the Apple Watch and the MacBook Air, Apple has consistently rolled out great apps and devices for several decades. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It After AirPower’s death we highlight Apple’s other fumbles iphone-4-1The iPhone 4’s stainless-steel frame and gap. Angela Lang/CNET Antennagate, aka ‘You’re holding it wrong’ (2010)The iPhone 4 employed a stylish stainless-steel frame that wrapped around the device and housed the phone’s antennas — and when gripped just right (or just wrong, as the case may be) reduced the phone’s signal strength when it shipped that June. Amid rumors of a recall and software updates, and even free phones bumpers from Apple to keep fingers off the frame and its gaps, Apple apologized and said iPhone 4 owners could return their phones if they wanted. The loneliness of iTunes Ping (2010)Ping was a social network designed to connect you to your friends and favorite musicians as part of a big iTunes update. Before its release, Apple showed Ping with hooks into Facebook, but when Ping shipped, Facebook integration had been pulled from Apple’s attempt at social networking. Without Facebook, finding your friends on Ping was challenging. And once you did find them, you often discovered their musical tastes were as bad as you feared.Wobbling MobileMe (2008)There was much to like about MobileMe, Apple’s collection of online services users could subscribe to for $99 a year. With it, you could sync your calendar and contacts. It offered online storage, Find My iPhone, a photo gallery and even an easy-enough-to-use web design tool called iWeb. Unfortunately, the service got off to a terrible start, with potential subscribers unable to sign up and then were unable to access it once they did subscribe. The service never quite recovered, and Apple replaced it a few years later with iCloud.iWeb-mobileMe.pngMobileMe includes a handy web-publishing tool called iWeb. Apple iPod Hi-Fi sky-high price (2006)Intended to replace your home’s stereo system, the iPod Hi-Fi was a bulky, expensive speaker that lacked an AM/FM radio, came with a limited remote and a precariously docked an iPod on top. It sounded fine as an audio device, but potential buyers balked at its cost (at $349, it cost $50 to $200 more than competing products), its design and the inability to use it with non-Apple audio players.G4 Cube, cracks and all (2000)G4Cube_2.jpgThe striking G4 Cube. Apple The G4 Cube was arresting, housed in acrylic glass, worthy of being in a museum. The boxy Mac was also expensive, didn’t come with a monitor, required external speakers and could form cracks that marred the exterior of the Mac. It barely was around a year when Apple discounted it in 2001.Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (1997)An all-in-one design that seemed more oppressive than elegant, The Twentieth Anniversary Mac packed just about everything you’d want in a computer: An LCD display, FM radio and a TV tuner, a CD-ROM drive, a Bose sound system, and leather palm rests. It was also expensive, with a $7,500 price tag at launch, and didn’t quite look right. It didn’t sell, and Apple reduced its price by almost 75 percent a year later to $1,995 to clear out stock. Pippin, an all-in-one that never took off (1996)Pippin.jpgThe Pippin gaming console. Apple It was going to be a gaming console, an internet appliance, a set-top box — a way for Apple to get into the living room. The Pippin, however, never caught on with buyers, software developers or the hardware makers that would license the multipurpose design. In 1997, Apple moved on.Attack of the clones (1995)For the Mac’s first decade, Apple resisted licensing the Mac OS to third-party manufacturers. But in 1995, as its market share dwindled, Apple signed up a handful of tech companies to license System 7 and manufacture and sell Macintosh clones, with the goal of growing the Mac market. The clone makers were scrappy and competitive (“You can take my Mac when you pry my cold dead fingers off the mouse!” read one Power Computing ad), but instead of growing the market, the clones mainly took sales from Apple. When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he ended the cloning experiment for good, and Apple went back to tightly controlling its ecosystem. Copland, the star-crossed OS (1994)In the mid 1990s, the original Macintosh operating system was starting to show its age, so Apple began work on its replacement. Code-named Copland, the project would give Apple a modern system that it could use to compete against Microsoft’s Windows PCs. The Copland designs were ambitious and far ranging — it was rumored at one point that Copland would be able to run Windows apps — and for several years Apple worked to bring it all together. However, the plans for Copland were too ambitious, and Apple wasn’t able to release anything stable to developers or Mac users. In the summer of 1996, Apple management canceled the Copland project, deciding instead to release the usable bits of Copland piecemeal through updates to its existing Mac OS. The collapse of the Copland project, however, left Apple with an aging OS and no clear path going forward. Deciding that the faster way to replace the Mac operating system was to buy one instead of build it, in a “stunning move,” Apple bought NeXT Computer, the company Steve Jobs founded after leaving Apple. With the purchase of NeXT, Apple got its replacement operating system and next CEO, Steve Jobs.Newton shows the future (1993)apple_newton.jpgThe Apple Newton. Apple The Apple Newton — Apple CEO John Sculley’s defining project — pointed to the future of handheld devices. The pioneering personal digital assistant fit in your hand, came with task-management apps, and could recognize handwriting on its screen. It was also overpriced and suffered from various glitches, so instead of being seen as pushing the edges of technology, the PDA became an easy joke. Steve Jobs killed the Newton project when he returned to Apple but applied its lessons to the iPhone and iPad, and even reused its handwriting recognition in the MacOS.More Apple goofsCNET editors also remember these infamous issues from the distant and not-so-distant past.FaceTime bug. A glitch in Apple’s video-conferencing app allowed a caller to eavesdrop on a conversation on the other end before the recipient answered (2019).Butterfly switch keyboards. A keyboard flaw caused keys to stick or otherwise not work as expected on some 2015 to 2017 MacBook models (2015).Magic Mouse 2 charging port position. You needed to flip over Apple’s wireless mouse to recharge it, making it unusable while powering up (2015).Misplaced iPhone 4. Even before Antennagate the iPhone 4 was off to a rocky start, with an Apple worker accidentally leaving a prototype at a bar, which eventually found its way into the hands of Engadget (2010).Apple USB mouse caused repetitive stress. The translucent hockey-puck mouse looked great, especially when attached to the first colorful iMacs. It was also miserable to use (1998).Overpriced Macintosh TV. Apple’s first attempt at embracing television was too expensive and had too many design compromises to succeed (1993).The late and expensive Apple Lisa. It was groundbreaking inside and out, but the much-delayed Apple Lisa was overpriced and was eclipsed by the Mac when it shipped a year later (1983).Apple III, delayed and problematic. Meant to build on the success of the Apple II, the Apple III was instead Apple’s first serious flop (1980). Now playing: Watch this: See It $999 Boost Mobile $999center_img Steve Jobs Apple Apple iPhone XS But once in a while — as with the AirPower charging mat — the company stumbles with a product design or launch. Here are 15 times Apple probably wished it had a do-over.Apple did not respond to a request for comment.Apple cancels AirPower wireless charger before its release (2019)Announced in 2017, Apple’s wireless charging mat was designed to charge iPhones, Apple Watches and AirPods simultaneously, and the devices could communicate to ensure everything was charging efficiently. But the ambitious power mat missed its 2018 release date, and late last Friday Apple announced it was canceling the project.(If you’ve been waiting for AirPower, check out these alternative charging pads you can buy.)apple-airpowerThe AirPower, in action. Apple iPhone batteries, throttled; and MacBook batteries, exploding (2017)Following reports of older iPhones becoming unusually sluggish, Apple admitted it was slowing down older iPhones to conserve battery life. iPhone owners were, hmmm, displeased to learn that Apple had made that decision without their knowledge and consent. As a way to make good, Apple offers to replace affected batteries for $29.99, swapping in 11 million new batteries by the end of 2018. Along with iPhone batteries, Apple has had, over time, to deal with scattered reports of exploding batteries in MacBooks and Powerbooks.Bendgate warps iPhone 6’s upright reputation (2014)Shortly after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus shipped in late September 2014, YouTube seemed full of iPhone owners bending their Apple devices. It was shocking, and you couldn’t look away. Apple claimed only a handful of iPhone owner had flawed and bendable devices, but said it would replace phones that showed manufacturing defects. For a year or two after, the over-bendability of a new phone was a concern.iphone6The iPhone 6, under stress. Angela Lang/CNET iTunes spammed you with U2 (2014)To promote U2’s new album, Apple pushed the supergroup’s Songs of Innocence to 500 million iTunes libraries for free. Instead of thanking Apple and U2 frontman Bono for the gift, many felt imposed upon at best, or violated at worst. Stores that were counting on album sales became upset, as were other musicians who believe people should pay for music, not expect it for free. Then there was a good chunk of Apple’s 500 million customers, who felt Apple spammed them with an album they didn’t want or consent to.Apple Maps’ growing pains (2012)Designed to replace the preloaded Google Maps on iPhones, Apple Maps came as the default map app for iPhone and iPad in 2012. Unfortunately, Apple Maps also came with a collection of serious issues, from faulty directions to oddly distorted images. Apple Maps was CEO Tim Cook’s first fiasco following the death of Steve Jobs in 2011, and it got so bad that Cook apologized for the unsteady app. 25 Share your voice reading • Apple’s worst failures of all time, from AirPower to Bendgate to the Newton Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See All See it Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $999 2:45 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags Phones Audio TVs Culture Laptops See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers.last_img read more

Barack Obama says goodbye in farewell speech

first_imgUS President Barack Obama gets emotional as he delivers a statement on executive actions to reduce gun violence on January 5, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. AFPBarack Obama closes the book on his presidency Tuesday, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters felled by Donald Trump’s shock victory.Obama’s last trip on Air Force One will be a pilgrimage to his adoptive hometown, where he will address a sell-out crowd not far from where he accepted the presidency eight years ago.Diehard fans—many African Americans—have braved Chicago’s frigid winter to collect free tickets, which now sell for upwards of $1,000 a piece on Craigslist.The First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will come along on for the ride.Obama’s cross-country trek would be a sentimental trip down memory lane, were it not slap-bang in the middle of a tumultuous presidential handover.Trump has smashed conventions, vowed to efface Obama’s legacy and hurled personal insults left and right.The 2016 election campaign has raised serious questions about the resilience of US democracy.In a virtually unprecedented move, US intelligence has accused the Kremlin of tipping the electoral scales in Trump’s favor.Democrats, cast into the political wilderness with the loss of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives plus a majority of statehouses, are struggling to regroup.With an approval rating hovering around 55 percent, Obama will hope to steel them for new battles ahead.Lead speechwriter Cody Keenan said the address will be about Obama’s vision for where the country should still go.“It’s not going to be like an anti-Trump speech, it’s not going to be a red meat, rabble rousing thing, it will be statesman-like but it will also be true to him,” Keenan told AFP. “It will tell a story.”Life after White House -Trump’s unorthodox politics has thrown 55-year-old Obama’s transition and post-presidency plans into flux.Obama, having vowed a smooth handover of power, finds himself being increasingly critical of Trump as he prepares to leave office on January 20.After that there will still be a holiday and an autobiography, but Obama could find himself being dragged backed into the political fray if Trump were to enact a Muslim registry or deport adults brought to the United States years ago by their parents.Having vowed to take a backseat in politics, Obama’s second act could yet be as politically engaged as Jimmy Carter—whose post-presidency has remade his image as an elder statesman.Many Obama aides who had planned to take exotic holidays or launch coffer-replenishing forays into the private sector are also reassessing their future and mulling a return to the political trenches.Obama’s foundation is already gearing up for a quasi-political role—funneling idealistic youngsters into public life.Presidential precedent -Presidents since George Washington have delivered a farewell address of sorts.Washington’s final 7,641-word message—which is still read once a year in the Senate by tradition—contained warnings about factionalism and interference by foreign powers that seem oddly prescient.But speechwriter Keenan sees few obvious templates: “Bush and Clinton did theirs from here (the White House), George H.W. Bush went to West Point, gave a foreign policy speech,” he told AFP. “They are all totally different.”The trip to Chicago is not just for nostalgia, Keenan indicated.“The thread that has run though his career from his days as community organizer to the Oval Office is the idea that if you get ordinary people together and get them educated, get them empowered, get them to act on something, that’s when good things happen,” he said.“For him, as someone who started as a community organizer, whose campaign was powered by young people, ordinary people, we decided we wanted to go back to Chicago.”“Chicago is not just his hometown, it’s where his career started.”And now it is also where Obama’s presidential career will effectively end.last_img read more

3 minor boys drown

first_imgThree minor boys drowned in a pond at Mohadebpur village of Sadar upazila in Lakshmipur on Friday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased are Bayezid, 8, son of Maulana Khalilur Rahman, Md Ali, 6, son of Maulana Firoz Alam, and Yamin, 7, son of Jahangir Alam.Sadar police station officer-in-charge Lokman Hossain said the three boys of ‘Dhali Bari’ of the village went to play on the bank of the pond near their houses.They slipped into water around 3:30pm and met their watery burial, he said.last_img

AL supporters bring broom procession against rival candidate in Kachua

first_imgDeclaring him persona non-grata in Kachua upazila, a group of women on Friday brought out a ‘broom procession’ against Awami League-nominated candidate in Chandpur-1 constituency, Golam Hossain.The procession, led by female affairs secretary of upazila AL Rownak Ara Ratna, Mohila AL upazila unit president Salma Sahid and its general secretary Taslima Chowdhury, started from in front of the upazila AL office in the afternoon.It ended at Kachua bypass road after parading the main roads of the upazila headquarters.Later, the processionists burned the effigy of Golam Hossain, also former chairman of National Board of Revenue (NRB).Speaking on the occasion, Ratna said Golam Hossain has no connection with the upazila Awami League.”Leaders and activists of upazila AL and its associate bodies won’t accept anyone except Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir in this constituency,” she said.The ruling party handed out nomination papers to both Mohiuddin and Golam Hossain for contesting the upcoming general election from Chandpur-1 (Kachua) constituency.Both of them also filed nomination papers to the returning officer.last_img read more