From Apotheker to Zuckerberg, tech chiefs had plenty of time on the hot seat this year. Take a look back at the notable product, strategy, and security fails of 2011.
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Apple has done it again, tarnishing an otherwise successful product launch--iPhone 4S--with another curious failure, from a company hell bent on perfecting the user experience. Last time, it was an antenna problem that caused dropped calls if users held the phone in just the wrong spot. This time, it's sub-par battery life.
Because Apple is Apple, this failure hasn't hurt sales much--the company has sold several million iPhone 4S devices since introducing it in October. It sold more than a million on the first day alone.
Still, the battery problem was almost comically bad. A faster processor, a better camera, a voice-enabled assistant (Siri), and a vastly improved operating system (iOS 5) are hardly worthwhile if users must constantly recharge their phones or buy battery cases that bulk them up. --Fritz Nelson