Exploring My Favorite Apple Design Fails: Including Vision Pro

What you should know


  • The iPad’s front-facing camera placement has been problematic for video conferencing, especially since the device is often used in landscape mode. This design choice was influenced by internal space constraints due to components like the magnetic connector and wireless charger for the Apple Pencil.
  • The first-generation Apple Pencil’s charging method, which involved sticking it out from the iPad’s Lightning port, was awkward and not very elegant. This was later improved with the introduction of the Apple Pencil 2, which charges magnetically and wirelessly.
  • The Apple Magic Mouse’s charging design requires the mouse to be flipped upside down to plug in, rendering it unusable during charging. This unique but impractical design choice prioritizes aesthetics over functionality.
  • The Apple Vision Pro’s default head strap design prioritizes aesthetics over comfort, making the headset front-heavy and uncomfortable for extended use. Apple provided an alternative “Dual Loop Band” for a more traditional and comfortable fit.


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Oh, the joy of unboxing an Apple product. You know, that sleek, shiny device with the “Designed by Apple in California” stamp? It’s like a badge of honor, really. Apple’s design team is legendary, crafting devices that are thin, light, and oh-so-premium. Think MacBooks, iPhones, iPads… you name it. But, let’s be real – they’ve had their moments. Moments where it seemed like they chose form over function. And boy, do I have a list of those moments.

First off, the iPad’s webcam placement. It’s 2024, folks. Video calls aren’t just a trend; they’re a necessity. Yet, here we are, with the iPad Pro’s camera still awkwardly in the left bezel. It’s like they forgot we use these things in landscape mode for Zoom calls. Makes you look off-center, giving you that lovely double-chin effect. Sure, the top bezel’s crammed with tech for the Apple Pencil 2, but come on. Rumor has it, though, change is on the horizon. New models might just fix this. Fingers crossed.

Now, onto the Apple Pencil 1. A masterpiece of design, except for how it charges. Sticking out of the iPad like a sore thumb. Or a Q-tip. Elegant? Not so much. But hey, they evolved. The Apple Pencil 2 snaps magnetically, charging wirelessly. A much cleaner look, though it did mean sacrificing that perfectly placed webcam.

And then there’s the Magic Mouse. A marvel of design, until you need to charge it. Flipping it upside down to plug it in? It’s like it’s playing dead. Not exactly what you’d expect from a device meant to streamline your workflow. Still, it’s uniquely Apple – prioritizing sleekness over practicality. As of 2024, no redesign in sight. Classic Apple.

The Apple Vision Pro headset’s default strap is another head-scratcher. Sure, it looks different. But comfort? Not its strong suit. It’s all about that aesthetic, even if it means the headset’s weight rests uncomfortably on your face. Luckily, there’s an alternative strap for those who value comfort over looks.

And don’t get me started on the Vision Pro’s external battery. It’s a bold choice, keeping it out of the headset to save weight. But it’s a bit odd, carrying around a battery in your pocket like it’s 1999. The headset itself? Over-engineered and heavier than most. A classic case of Apple pushing the boundaries, sometimes a bit too far.

Ah, the 2016 MacBook. A beauty, but oh so flawed. One USB Type-C port for everything? And that butterfly-mechanism keyboard was a disaster waiting to happen. Thinness took precedence, but at what cost? Thankfully, Apple listened. Newer MacBooks have returned to more reliable keyboards and added ports. Progress, right?

Remember the iPhone 6? Thin and stunning, until it bent in your pocket. The first “modern folding phone,” but not in a good way. It sparked a whole trend of bend tests. Apple learned its lesson, though. Modern iPhones can take a bit more pressure.

The iPhone 4’s “Antennagate” was another memorable moment. “You’re holding it wrong,” said Jobs. A design oversight that led to dropped calls and a lawsuit. But, Apple adapted. They offered free bumper cases and improved antenna designs in future models.

So, what are your most memorable design fails? Ever had a gadget that just didn’t live up to its looks? Or maybe you’ve got a story about one of these Apple missteps? Share your tales of design woe in the comments. Let’s reminisce about the times when even giants stumbled.

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynnhttps://www.phonesinsights.com
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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