December 08, 2010, 9:34 PM — From the lost iPhone to Antennagate to recent white iPhone speculation, 2010 has been a year of tears and jeers for Apple. There's no doubt that Apple had several victories mixed in with its year of pain such as the iPad launch, which sparked a revival in the one-panel tablet computer. The iPod Touch took several steps closer to being the iPhone without the phone, and the iPhone 4 was wildly popular with users despite its reported problems.
But for all its triumphs, Apple flaws were prominently on display in 2010, which really shouldn't be all that surprising. As Apple CEO Steve Jobs said earlier this year, "Apple is human, and we make mistakes." Here's a look at some of Apple's most notable human blunders from 2010.
The Lost iPhone
An Apple engineer set off a firestorm when he lost his iPhone 4 test unit in a Redwood City, California bar in March. The phone eventually found its way into the hands of gadget blog Gizmodo resulting in a series of blog posts about the device including a detailed teardown. The fallout from the lost iPhone debacle read like something out of a tabloid magazine with news of a paid informant, a late night police raid, and a mysterious hit squad sent to search the home of the man who found the iPhone 4. In the end, Apple got its iPhone back, but don't expect to be seeing Gizmodo attending Apple press events any time soon.
Shortly after the iPhone 4 launch in late June, users started reporting call reception problems when they held the iPhone in a way that covered the lower half of the handset.