There’s no denying that Apple products are some of the more desirable ones on the market. iPhones, iPads, iMacs, Macbooks, pretty much all of their products have some of the highest resale values in the tech world because they’re in such high demand.
A lot of that has to do with just how sleek they are. Remember when the iPhone 4 was first announced? It was a thing of beauty. Super slim, glossy, gorgeous, compact, and just plain sexy.
But some of those sleek designs come at a price.
For example, when Apple released the gorgeous iPhone 4, it turns out its engineers messed up and placed the phones antennas in a less-than-ideal spot. So if you held your phone a certain way, your service would drop and you wouldn’t be able to use your iPhone as a…phone.
That’s not where the weird design choices end, either.
Ever use Apple’s rechargeable, matte-and-glossed out magic mouse?
It’s a great little gadget and you feel like you’re navigating the mainframe of the starship enterprise while you’re browsing memes or logging into Facebook. Plus, the thing’s wireless, which makes the whole thing even sleeker.
Guess where they put the charging port? Definitely not in a spot that would spoil the mouse’s good looks, right? So put it on the bottom, no problem, right? Well, actually, it’s a big problem for anyone who’s trying to use the device while it’s charging, because look.
It would be like preventing a laptop from charging unless it’s entirely closed.
It is my apple mouse, charging with a cable plugged into the base, rendering it completely unusable.
— reg delmot returns (@tomrledger) June 11, 2018
And as it turns out, tons of people have a problem with this awful design.
Some believe that the poor design is intentional.
Whoever designed the Apple mouse and put the charging port at the bottom is a low-key evil genius.
— Kennedy O’Brien (@kennedy798) April 18, 2018
While others are just flabbergasted.
The fact that I can’t use my Apple Mouse while its charging may be the worst design mistake by Apple of all time. How’d that get through usability testing?
— Sean Thompson (@ImSeanThompson) April 24, 2018
Others put the onus on the customer, saying that if you can’t have the foresight to charge your mouse when you’re not using your computer, then it’s your own fault.
I just saw a tweet jokingly complaining that you cant use an apple mouse while it’s charging and since I don’t wanna start an argument I’ll just throw this out there:
If you can’t plan for those 2 hours of charging every 4 or so months you must have a hard life.
— simon sleeps (@_equle) April 23, 2018
Sure but you get 9 hours of use for a 2 minute charge. Charge it for 2 hours and it lasts all month.
— Chris Hallbeck (@ChrisHallbeck) April 17, 2018
But some weren’t so quick to come up with excuses for Apple’s design team.
Why does @Apple mouse leave me with just a couple of minutes battery life before warning me that the battery is running low? I now have to dig out my old wired mouse because you thought it was a good idea to place the charging port in the base, rendering it useless until charged.
— David Jones (@SunJones) May 1, 2018
apple developed a chargeable mouse but made it so you can’t use it while it’s charging. they’re truly design geniuses
— Box Brown (@boxbrown) April 17, 2018
Others found a way around the inconvenience.
Since Apple is pushing the envelope it terms of design by being reductive in many ways, it’s going to inevitably lead to some cross-usability issues between devices of the same generation or “line-up.” Like users who purchased new Macbooks that removed all normal-sized USB ports in favor of 4 USB-C connectors. Some users were so flustered by it that Gizmodo made a video on how to cope with the new laptop’s lack of connectivity ports.
And there are probably a lot of people happy that lightning cables will no longer exist, seeing as they love breaking.
If you thought you’re bad at taking care of cables, you’re probably not the problem.
And while we’re on the subject of questionable Apple designs, behold the iPod shuffle without buttons. This has to be one of the strangest designs in tech. Like, ever.
What are some of the most infuriating Apple product designs you’ve ever dealt with?