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Biggest tech product flops of all time from Apple Maps to the first Tesla – did you have any? | The Sun
SILICON VALLEY is a factory for world-changing technology but if you bought any of these products, you were one of few.
Developers and investors really missed the mark with some of these product flops.
The first version of Apple Maps was buggy, inaccurate, and did not give users a good reason to switch from Google Maps.
Apple CEO Tim Cook issued the ever-so-rare corporate apology on behalf of the software in a letter.
"With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better," he wrote.
The public reception of the software was so bad that it was used as a punchline on the tech-startup-inspired comedy show Silicon Valley.
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All things considered, the Zune was pretty comparable to an iPod – a Slate review of Zune HD said "If you purchased one over the iPod Touch back in 2009, you wouldn’t have regretted it."
Though the Zune was decent even in retrospect, it never took a real bite out of the market share, and the product line folded in 2012.
Apple founder Steve Jobs thought the Zune lacked an inspiring origin story.
He told biographer Walter Isaacson "The Zune was crappy because the people at Microsoft don't really love art or music."
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