Vote now for iPhone/iPad #fail of the year! - TiPb Awards 2010 App, Accessory, and iOS awards

The 2010 TiPb Awards have begun and it's time to vote on all your favorites. This time it's a booby prize of sorts, the iPhone/iPad/Apple #fail of the year. Hey, every device and company has its share of ups and downs, right? With Apple level highs can only come equally deep lows, and 2010 saw some doozies!

But there can only be one 2010 TiPb Award winner, so vote up in the pole above and then let us know why you chose the #fail you did in comments below. (And if you don't see your favorite #fail here, add it as a write-in as well!)

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Vote now for iPhone/iPad #fail of the year! - TiPb Awards


I voted for the ever-conspicuous absence of the white iPhone 4, although continued AT&T exclusivity is another major fail.

Tough choice between white iPhone 4 and ping. Highly anticipated product that never made it, or product nobody wanted that did?

Wow! I have two.
My runner up is not coordinating iPad 3G data pricing with AT&T better. AT&T changing the rules just six weeks after the iPad 3G seems wrong--it's as though Apple was screwed over in the mix.
However, the winner is more timing around the release of the iPad and iPhone 4. The iPad seemed to be the flagship for the year, and design and features resembled the iPhone 3GS. However, two months after it hit the streets, the new iPhone came out (with iOS4), making the iPad look dated and lacking.
In both cases, it seems like business decisions that would have been known at the beginning of the year, and Apple could have planned for it better.

I don't understand why you put antennagate when it's better known name is the death grip. The only reason Steve jobs called it atennagate is because he didn't want it to sound so bad.

I'm voting for the online media for over hyping most of this stuff making way more out of it than is necessary. Especially antennagate - MAJOR fail to every single blog, including this one. Shame shame shame...
The only bigger shame goes to morons still voting for that non event.
But I'm sure Apple thanks you for the free press...

To pick a serious fail, it would be that the iPhone is only on AT&T. This may not be directly Apple's fault, though I'm sure most will blame them. With Verizon in their pocket the Fandroids will have much less to salivate over, since they believe more = better... for some odd reason. (I don't know about you but I drive a Lexus and its way better than vehicles that outsell them many times over)

I picked the white phone, because it was promised and now looks like it will never happen. I thought ping was an iTunes feature and not tied to the iPhone or iPad.

The hands down fail for apple this year is the ios4 on the 3G. It still has not been fixed. 4.1 Is only slightly better. It has ruined the functionality of the phone.

I believe Apple let down a significant amount of potential customers when it comes to the white iPhone. This reminds me of Henry Ford's claim "People can have the Model T in any colour--so long as it's black." Consumers today want customization to fit their lifestyle, and I believe Apple is moving too slowly to meet those needs. The white iPhone is a great example of how Apple has failed to break away from their standardization of devices.

Voted "other" for no iOSX (or in other words, hybrid) software on iPad. iPad isn't quite a giant iPhone, but almost. For casting it as the in-between of iPhone and MacBook(Pro), it sure doesn't fill the role in terms of functionality. Matter of fact, the only way it fills THAT role is in size.
Not saying I hate the iPad, I still think it's better than nothing, but it could have and should have been a lot better to justify it's place and price point.

Bluetooth fail! I have three bluetooth devices - Jawbone 2 and Icon, plus a cheap Motorola I bought in desperation. I cannot be heard or understood on any of them. I just want Bluetooth to work!