Biggest tech product flops of all time from Apple Maps to the first Tesla – did you have any?


SILICON VALLEY is a factory for world-changing technology but if you bought any of these products, you were one of few.

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 and technology 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.

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.”

Missed deadlines and widespread skepticism resulted in the Silicon Valley-based technology magazine Valleywag naming the Tesla Roadster their number one failure of 2007.

Today, Tesla is the most valuable car company in the world with a market cap of more than one trillion dollars.

In 2017, a Faraday Future FF91 vehicle left an audience in a fog of awkward silence when its self-parking feature failed during a demonstration in Las Vegas.

Faraday Future founder and former CEO Jia Yueting filed for bankruptcy in 2019 to settle debts worth more than $3billion.

Earlier this year, Faraday Future employees were subpoenaed by the Securities and Exchange Commission for presenting investors with inaccurate statements about Yueting’s involvement in the company since it went public.

The HTC First was produced with a special Android interface that effectively ran on Facebook widgets and plug-ins.

AT&T marked down the price from $99 to just $1 when the device didn’t take with the public.

Consumers had reservations about integrating their hardware and software completely with Facebook for privacy reasons back then – the perception of Facebook’s security has not gotten stronger.

Facebook’s mobile phone failure could be a bad omen for their metaverse products.

Touted by billionaires Elon Musk and Richard Branson, Hyperloop was supposed to render traffic a thing of the past and propel humanity into the future at 670 miles an hour.

“Honestly I think it’s a lot easier than people think,” Musk told CNN in 2015.

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