Biggest Product Flops of the Year

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14. iPhone XS
> Company: Apple

Apple may have shot itself in the foot with its iPhone XS. Shortly after launching the XS, the tech giant rolled out a similar iPhone, the XR, which is about $250 cheaper than the XS. This may be one of the main reasons Apple said it believed it would miss iPhone sales expectations in 2018. Apple’s iPhone manufacturer in China reported it was anticipating a 25% decline in orders from Apple.

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13. The Headphone
> Company: Bragi

Even though everyone seems to be plugged into their phones these days, few are using wireless headphones to do so. While Apple’s AirPods are selling well, competing wireless headphones, like Bragi’s The Headphone, are not. The Headphone received good reviews from some tech sites, but the product never caught on with consumers. The Headphone is reportedly on clearance.

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12. Portal
> Company: Facebook

While there are not yet sales figures for Facebook’s new video call device, Portal, it is safe to say this piece of tech is at least a critical flop. Reviews of the Portal have been anywhere from icy to outright hostile, questioning the need for such a device while also pointing out that, in the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, giving the company access to a camera in your home may not be the best idea. Many reviewers said that Facebook has misrepresented how much data the Portal can track, and at $199 this device is not worth the price or the risk.

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11. Yeezy Boost 350 V2
> Company: Adidas

Kanye West’s collaboration with Adidas, the Yeezy, were some of the hottest kicks on the market when they were released in limited quantities — selling for thousands of dollars on the resale market. But when Adidas dropped the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in huge quantities, sneakerheads seemed to lose interest. Though Adidas insists sales are fine, the resale market tells another story. Yeezys are sitting on store shelves unsold, which could be due to a number of factors, including West’s unpopular public statements, a lack of exclusivity, and a $300 price point.

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10. Windows 10 update
> Company: Microsoft

Microsoft has been one of the world’s most consistently successful companies for decades. But even Microsoft is not immune to mistakes — such as the company’s Windows 10 version 1809 operating system update in October. One bug of the version update was that it deleted user data — in some cases hundreds of gigabytes — like music and pictures. Another reported bug was that the task manager was not accurately reporting how much data each application was using. Microsoft quickly — later in October — rolled out another update that fixed the glitches.