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The worst Apple design by Jony Ive, according to the AppleInsider employee



Although he often prides himself, not everything Apple has twisted under Jony Ive's design management has been spectacular. We've been to Apple Beat almost as long as Ive have, and we have some thoughts on flops from Ives design studio.

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1; Mighty Mouse 2

For the most part, Magic Mouse 2 is a well-designed peripheral. Followed by the original, it retained the same physical appearance while losing a bit and adding a rechargeable battery. Front page changes are very useful for end users.

  A Magic Mouse 2 gets recharged

A Magic Mouse 2 gets recharged

My beef with Magic Mouse 2 is dropped by the judgment in its design to set the charging point for it on the bottom edge. Instead of sully outside the mouse, Apple hid it at the very bottom of the device, where users can't see it unless they need to recharge the case.

Granted, the idea of ​​saving it is not that bad, but that means the mouse cannot be used at times while it is charging, as there is a cable and plug in the way. It can only be for less than a minute to get a few hours to pay, but it lets the user sit there and twiddling their thumbs waiting for things to get enough power to do what they actually want to do.

I would also argue that there is nothing wrong with placing the charging point on the front of the Magic Mouse. Some other wireless mouse manufacturers do so, making it effective for a "wired" mouse while charging, and it's not nasty.

Add that the front of the mouse is usually not visible to the person carrying it through normal use, and it makes the base-based gate seem even more deep.

William Gallagher – The Original iMac

It is heresy to say it when the product is often loved and when it undoubtedly saved Apple. But back in 1998, when it was new and through today, as it is an antique, I really do not like the design. It looks like fun and ugly to me, and I understand that this is because there is a big CRT screen in there – but it doesn't change me.

  The Original 1998 Mac

The Original Mac 1998

Nor did any of the assortment of colors it came in.

I liked that the iMac came in many colors and I have since become an absolute fan of the iMac series. Just not the original version.

Mike Wuerthele – "Hockey Puck" mouse

Apple has a long history of pointing devices. The company may have ushered in the morning of the mouse with Lisa and then to everyone else with the Mac, but there have been some mistakes along the way.

The AppleDesign mouse shipped after Apple's original ADB mouse was not great, but it wasn't terrible. Its successor, the "hockey puck" mouse, delivered with the iMac was quite [1945900120] horrible.

  Original blue and white hockey puck mouse without mouse button indent

Original blue and white hockey puck mouse, without mouse button indentation

When it was circular, there was no clear "up" without looking at the protruding cable. It was also an ergonomic wreck so it was good that third-party USB mice were sent.

A little later, Apple put a divot on the mouse button to get a better orientation in the same way as having a raised circle around the Menu button on the Apple TV remote. But that didn't help that much.

It was replaced by Apple's optical mouse, which was better, but again, still not amazing.

Andrew O & Hara – Smart Keyboard Folio

I was quite a fan of the original iPad Pro Smart Keyboard. I liked writing it, liked being able to remove it, and liked to use it to pop up on my iPad when watching television or movies. There was a fraction of users, but who had problems with the supposed complexity of folding the cover.

  Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio

Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio [19659007] With second generation Smart Keyboard Folio, Apple seems to have tried to compensate for this and over-corrected . Smart Keyboard Folio forces protection back to users instead of making it just one option, as with the first generation. It added cost and bulk to the otherwise extremely slim third generation Pro. With the attached case, the 2018 Pro is actually thicker than its predecessor.

It also cannot be used to set up a Pro without the keyboard sticking out and taking a large footprint on the desktop. When you do not use the keyboard and fold it around the back, there is an awkward experience when the users hold the keys – it feels awkward and strange.

Here I hope the Ive-less design team comes up with some improvements for the fourth generation of Apple's pro tablets.

Amber – The Third Generation of iPod shuffle

Mostly, iPod shuffle wasn't really on my radar. In fact, I do not routinely own iPod's or really any Apple products until the introduction of the sixth generation of iPod nano. However, I was aware of the Shuffle. On the contrary, almost half of everyone I knew knew another gene model at a time.

Who wouldn't have a small, portable MP3 player? It was certainly much more gym friendly than most.

  Third Generation of iPod Shuffle. It looks good from this page, but the other side is just blank metal.

Third Generation of iPod Shuffle. It looks good from this page, but the other side is just blank metal.

As before, the third generation was a thumb drive plug into which you plugged in the headphones. It had a control on the device itself that dictated whether you listened to your music sequentially or mixed – leaving extra control for the earpiece remote control.

The product was a confusing choice for Apple to make. From a design point of view, it was a big step back. The second generation was a small squat rectangle with a click wheel that cut the pocket and allowed you to easily change songs and sounds without much thought.

Functionally, the third gene Shuffle was a total miss. If a user had a favorite pair of existing headphones that did not have the inline, removed three buttons, they could not control their music. If they did, they would still have to learn a number of non-intuitive click patterns just to navigate a number of invisible menus.

The third gene was clearly not the hit that Apple had expected because the fourth shuffle was released a little over a year later and was a slightly blunt version of the second one. Not only was the click wheel back, it also included an extended color range, making it the most iconic in the product line.


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