It recently occurred to me that my recent Apple hardware has performed worse than my old PC desktops. Consider this list of ills:
- Julie’s old iMac suffered from swollen capacitors, a factory defect that sounds a little dirty.
- My old white MacBook had a bad fan, and I replaced the cracked faceplate around the keyboard twice before just living with that defect.
- My newish iMac is somehow b0rked, in that it takes about 10 minutes to reboot into OS X after running it in Windows.
- My MacBook Air’s fan recently started making an all-too-audio grinding sound, as if my laptop is constantly de-winging mosquitoes.
I know I’m whinging, but it’s a little disappointing. Before I switched to Apple, I had some issues (I recall a noisy fan, for example), but never so many.
A friend recently bought a new iMac, and she asked me if she should get AppleCare, Apple’s expensive extended warranty. What do you think I told her?
It’s not like I’m going to switch back to Windows any time soon–the software alone is more than worth using Apple machines. But here’s the lesson I take away: they may look slicker, but Apple’s machines are no more reliable than their generic Windows equivalents.
UPDATE: And now my iMac looks like this. Oy.