As 2014 draws to a close the natural thing to do is to look back at what happened in the prevailing 12 months and as far as Apple is concerned it’s been something of a mixed year. Hugely popular releases like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have helped Apple without a doubt, but even they haven’t been without their problems.

As it continues to grow Apple is finding out that it’s not infallible. Here are five ways in which we believe Apple failed in 2014.

Apple fails 2014

The Botched iOS 8.0.1 Update

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What is there to say about this? Following an iOS 8 update that was already treading water after a less than polished release, iOS 8.0.1 was supposed to address some of its problems but instead caused plenty of its own. Amidst reports of radios stopping to work following the update, Apple took the unprecedented step of pulling iOS 8.0.1 from its servers to stop anyone else from installing it. It was not Apple’s finest hour.

iCloud Celebrity Photo Leak

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So infamous it doesn’t need any explanation. Hackers managed to get into the iCloud accounts of a handful of celebrities, causing compromising photos to be published online. The hack actually wasn’t a hack at all though, with social engineering at play instead. No matter the mechanics though, Apple wasn’t exactly the flavor of the month.

Bendgate

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Ahh, Bendgate. Because we just can’t have any iPhone release without some sort of controversy, no matter how contrived it is. This time around it was decided that iPhones were getting bent in pockets, specifically the iPhone 6 Plus. Oddly, the story just went away once people stopped being so silly. Apple’s fault? Probably not. Bad PR? Youbetcha.

The iPad mini 3 Update

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Well, that’s if you can call it an update at all. The iPad mini 3 is the same as the iPad mini 2 but with Touch ID and a gold color option, that’s it. Nothing more, nothing less.

Mac mini 2014 Update

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The 2014 update to the Mac mini meant that the quad-core CPU option and the ability to manually upgrade RAM went away. New Wi-Fi and some integrated graphics didn’t cut it as far as the Apple watchers were concerned, though.

A disappointment nonetheless.

That was our top 5 fail compilation from Apple this year. Have anything else in mind? Let us know in the comments section below.

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