221 words on Apple defects
Of the Macs our family bought in this millennium (a TiBook G4, an iMac G4, an AlBook G4, an iBook G4, three MacBooks and a MacBook Pro all but the iMac had flaws. These covered the whole range of possible breakage in the TiBook, a faulty charger with the iBook, a bunch of broken keyboard handrests and many other problems with the MacBooks, the AlBook stopping to use one of its RAM slots and the MacBook Pro’s DVD drive being unable to read double layer disks. As far as I can tell by using Google and speaking to people who repair the machines, few - if any - of those problems are rare or atypical. They mostly seem to be caused by poor design or quality.
I am happy to report that the iMac G4 can now be added to that list as well. Its power supply seems to be broken. At least it doesn’t give the slightest hint of light, sound or movement when you press the power button and you hear a quiet buzzing noise from the machine when it’s plugged into mains power doing nothing.
Now the question is whether there’s any chance to fix the machine. It’s still good for the odd game or so and it has a nice and playful design.
One more time dropping by to proclaim my amazement when I have nearly a dozen Macs dating all the way back to 1986 and they ALL still work. The only Mac that has ever failed was not manufactured by Apple… it was a Power Computing tower. I learned my lesson and have bought Apple ever since, and have been mostly happy.
This is not to say that there hasn’t been some cosmetic issues. My beautiful Titanium PowerBook looks as good today as when I bought it, and I still use it from time to time. My Aluminum PowerBook and MacBook Pro? Not so much. BOTH have ugly pitting on the hand-rests and keyboard. Apparently, the PH level of my skin is incompatible or something. I am hopeful that the latest MacBook Pros are actual metal so I won’t have to worry about the paint problem.
While I don’t consider those cosmetic issues ideal (and competent companies can make things that don’t suffer from them), they are just that: cosmetic. And they don’t break anything.
Of course my MacBooks have somewhat discoloured handrests as well, but I have given up to even care about that as long as the machines work.