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macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Oct 22, 2018
It's that time of year again! We've heard about the best. Now, the worst.

I nominate: OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Reason: 6 months with no Internet on my main machine. Never fixed by Apple or any online suggestion. Repeated on clean installs. Finally gave up and downgraded.


Feb 9, 2003
new airport express:

which replaced the best one:

H. Flower

macrumors 6502a
Jul 23, 2008
- Siri : Speaks for itself.

- HomePod : Nice sound, but as a function, well below Apple standards

- Latter day laptops : because of defunct keyboards and lack of ports, apples laptops were some of the absolute worst on market. And gimmicky touchbar didn’t ameliorate situation
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macrumors 6502
Sep 11, 2007
Los Angeles, CA
AppleWatch for sure. The number of customer service calls I took from overly entitled Apple nerds demanding free service on their non-AppleCare+ Apple Watches when they admitted to smashing it against something by being a klutz was too much for me. Another thing I'd say is Apple Store/iTunes Gift Cards, because Apple never had the thought to add some sort of warning to the packaging that said something along the lines of, "hey if someone is telling you buy a large value in these and you don't know them, don't do it" because that would have probably helped me quite a lot in not becoming so thoroughly depressed after taking so many calls from elderly people who got scammed and were calling in hope we could help get their money back. Listening to a senior citizen cry is heartbreaking in such a profound way.


macrumors 68040
Mar 23, 2012
The iPhone 6 Plus. What’s slower than a 5S? Able to lag over buildings in a single bound? Held back by a slow processor and anemic ram? Faced with Apple screwing with retina resolutions and going nonnative constantly being downsampled? Though this didn’t matter to many who were desperate for a larger iPhone. Apple didn’t really fix this later on the software side but simply made its hardware faster in 6s+ and beyond to be tolerable.

In the services arena that goes to news+. Followed closely by atv+. These days it’s hard to tell who’s winning and what’s getting lost in the race to be a Storefront ui.


macrumors Haswell
May 3, 2009
Sadly, there's a large list of candidates but coming from a company that prides itself of superior design and quality.

The 2015 - 2019 butterfly keyboard.
Almost instantly reviled, and problems quickly cropped up - first the MacBook than the MacBook Pro. One of the worst designs that ever came out of Apple. This design single handly caused many apple fans (including myself) to abandon the Mac platform.

Honorable mention:
The magic mouse design which prohibits it from being used comes down to probably the worst product of the decade.



macrumors regular
Apr 6, 2010
Worst product I bought was the original iPad. I went for the largest memory at I believe 700USD back then. Had high expectations, but in the end it did not really give me any benefit. Ended up not really using it at all because the software in the end was just an upscaled iPhone 3G software without any benefits to it.
The wifi of that iPad stopped working after about 3 years which made it completely useless. That were 700USD I could defintely have saved. Useless product back then. Today's iPad Pro are a different story.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 11, 2017
Do this include Beats products? Because after having owned 3 beats products that were expensive to buy, average in use and which all failed and were unrepairable in less than 18 months, I'd say anything with the Beats name on it.


macrumors member
Jul 7, 2018
Mac mini 2014 for me would be up there - Why Apple would release something inferior to its predecessor is beyond me.


Mar 21, 2020
Based on the items I’ve owned can’t really speak of anything. Items I’ve purchased HomePods, iPhones, Apple Watch, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPad Pro.
I pay little attention to internet hype or a lot of the whining Apple users here.
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Apr 19, 2014
The butterfly keyboard is a terrible solution to a problem that nobody had. That said, I used a 2017 MacBook for a while with no failures (now given away, but it still works great for the current owner), and have since replaced it with a 2018 MacBook Air bought from a member here that has also worked fine durability wise. They are pretty bad for usability though and I seriously doubt that Apple was being bombarded with complaints that the non-butterfly MacBook Air was too thick and just needed a few millimeters shaved off the keyboard to make it better. Again, it's a bad solution to an entirely imaginary problem.


macrumors 65816
Apr 16, 2013
Nothing I've owned, all were/are fantastic.

I'd have to go with the butterfly keyboards and the lame attempt at fixing them.


macrumors G3
Feb 22, 2020
That rechargeable Magic Mouse, definitely. Dumbest idea to put the charging port at the bottom. Also probably considered to be one of Ive's masterpiece...

Butterfly keyboard, also an obvious, to the point that Apple ditched it.

iPhone 6/6 Plus. Despite the first entry into phablets and I think still the bestselling iPhone ever, the choice of material (bendgate) and paltry 1GB of RAM still put it on my bad Apple list.

Base 21" iMacs. The fact that the non-BTO base models come with plain slow 5400rpm spinning drive (except on the highest end), and the fact that it's not easily user upgradeable, really contradicts Apple's motto for making "the best product." Putting a Ferrari on bicycle wheels won't get it very far.

Also, all iMacs and Mac minis, for making it very hard to almost impossible for lay users to simply upgrade the RAM and hard-drive. I remember the old plastic MacBooks where the RAM and hard drive were extremely easy to access and replace. I can kinda understand with laptops being less accessible today due to the form factor (many Windows laptops don't have it any easier), but on desktops? Come on. It would be somewhat acceptable if Apple use SSD as standard on all iMacs, but they don't.
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