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Internally, Apple has acknowledged a problem with its newly designed scrolling TrackPad currently shipping with its new PowerBook G4 models.

Shares of Synaptics, Inc. tanked over 20% in early February after reports revealed that Apple had ditched the interface solution designer as its supplier of TrackPads for the new PowerBook G4 series. Historically, Apple had tapped Synpatics for all of its laptop-based TrackPad solutions, starting with the PowerBook and later the iBook.

Instead, the new Apple laptops made their debut with a proprietary TrackPad solution, which the Mac maker internally sourced. But was it the right move to go it alone on the new TrackPad design? That's the question Apple insiders are left to ponder as the company's first PowerBook woes of the new year have surfaced.

In short, the performance of Apple's new patent-pending scrolling TrackPads, which lets users scroll through large documents by touching the pad with two fingers instead of one, has been inconsistent and unacceptable to some early adopters. Reports vary, but the most prominent issue appears to be random and erratic behavior of the TrackPads on the new 12 and 15-inch PowerBooks. A variety of other complaints include irritably slow mouse tracking, customers receiving shocks from the PowerBooks due to static electricity and TrackPads failing to respond at all for short periods of time.

MacInTouch, a website which documents customer experiences with new Apple products, has been compiling reports from consumers dissatisfied with the new TrackPads. "Ive had six PowerBooks since the PowerBook 100, and I can definitely state that my new PowerBook G4 15" has a dysfunctional trackpad," said one of the sites readers. Another reader complained that even after her new PowerBook had been in Apple's repair depot for two weeks it returned with a TrackPad that freezes or is 'extremely slow.'

According to sources, the fury of reports has caused concern for Apple, which earlier this week reportedly published an alert bulletin to its retail stores detailing the problem, but asking employees not to acknowledge the issues to customers. Sources said Apple is attempting to isolate and correct problems with the new TrackPad by pulling back some PowerBook models, which has constrained supplies of the laptops at retail stores that would normally be working off 25 days of inventory at this time of year.

So far there have been little to no reports of TrackPad issues on the 17-inch PowerBooks, which remain in good supply. Customers who are experiencing problems with the TrackPad on their new PowerBooks should seek a replacement or repair from their local Apple retail store.

Synaptics, by the way, continues to supply Apple with scroll-wheels for its ubiquitous iPod music players.
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The track pad on my new 15" PB has been great and a I love the scroll function. In fact, at home on my powermac I keep reaching for the keyboard to scroll a web page up and down.
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Not as fast as I'd like it, but it's an even better solution than Sidetrack.

This I say having a functional one.

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The sad truth:

Apple's the BEST computer maker in hardware reliability... and even THEY aren't what I'd call remotely "good enough."

Looking at those failure rates of NON-Apple computers makes me cringe!
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Originally posted by nagromme
The sad truth:

Apple's the BEST computer maker in hardware reliability... and even THEY aren't what I'd call remotely "good enough."

Looking at those failure rates of NON-Apple computers makes me cringe!

that's why it is our job as mac users to keep the whining loud and clear

seriously though i think there have been challenges with the powerbook line... for the supposed top-notch-apple-mobile-computing-experience money can buy, there have been

1. white spot issues
2. 'peeling paint' on the palm rest (not pretty if you've seen it)
3. and now those trackpad issues

the 'static' on the powerbooks/trackpads used to be a warm, fuzzy, almost sensous thing if anyone knows what the hell i'm talking about... now in extreme cases the 'static' seems to be a bit more nasty...

i think my brother and i, along with my brother buying my dad an ibook last year, have convinced my dad essentially to just not bother with NON-Apple, despite how great the tempation of cheapness and this and that latest rubbish. our Applecare on our iBook g4 has already paid for itself with getting the lcd screen replaced free of charge (white spots were starting to show and then the screen just died one day)
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Sorry about the mistaken post -- new here.
Just wanted to note that I received a 2005 17" PB which had the trackpad problem -- exactly as reported by others. I returned the machine for credit -- I'll wait until the problem is truly sorted out, which doesn't seem to be the case yet.
Can anyone explain to me why Apple goes into denial when these problems occur? It is very annoying to KNOW that there is a problem and yet be told by Apple that everything is fine...
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Because they have to approach it carefully. Or the inevitable headline will appear:

"New 'Improved' PowerBooks Unusable, Apple Admits Critical Failures Widespread"

All the while Dell laptops will keep dropping like flies without the attention from the press Such is Apple's fate.

In any case, Apple's responsibility is to FIX problems--which they are doing--and hold back defective units if a problem is widespread (for both users sake and their own)--which they are also doing.

No company is ever going to recommend that people NOT buy their products. And if you already did... then knowing your problem isn't unique really doesn't help you. You just need it fixed.
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Originally posted by nagromme
Because they have to approach it carefully. Or the inevitable headline will appear:

"New 'Improved' PowerBooks Unusable, Apple Admits Critical Failures Widespread"

All the while Dell laptops will keep dropping like flies without the attention from the press Such is Apple's fate.

In any case, Apple's responsibility is to FIX problems--which they are doing--and hold back defective units if a problem is widespread (for both users sake and their own)--which they are also doing.

No company is ever going to recommend that people NOT buy their products. And if you already did... then knowing your problem isn't unique really doesn't help you. You just need it fixed.

I don't think he cares whether Apple gets bad press or not and frankly, i wouldn't either. So what?. Fix my damn computer!!!. As an example, i once got lingo voip phone service and couldn't get it to work, i called them and they didn't seem to acknowledge there was a problem. I returned equipment for refund. While they were busy denying i had a problem, they lost a customer to vonage. Apple has two choices, be upfront with the customer and defend itself more vigorously in the press or lose their customers to dell, espicially a switcher. I don't think a long time mac customer, even me, would switch. Too much emotionally invested.
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Well, in my case at least, your headline (New PBs Unusable) would be absolutely correct -- the 2005 17" PB Apple sent me was unusable (I have owned several other PBs and have a 12" 867 and a 15" 1.25 GHz now; I know whereof I speak).
Would be interested to know your source for claiming that Apple is 'fixing problems and holding back units' -- most comments I've seen, on other Mac sites, suggest that the problem is far from "fixed" for many people, even after receiving replacements direct from Apple (so much for 'holding back defective units').
And you're not quite right about what I WANT from Apple: I EXPECT to be sold goods which are fit for their intended use; if they are not, I EXPECT the vendor to make good. I EXPECT this from Apple or Dell or anyone else -- it is the MINIMUM.
What I WANT from Apple is truthfulness and a bit of humility when they screw up. Too much to ask, I suppose?
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Originally posted by DBS
Well, in my case at least, your headline (New PBs Unusable) would be absolutely correct -- the 2005 17" PB Apple sent me was unusable (I have owned several other PBs and have a 12" 867 and a 15" 1.25 GHz now; I know whereof I speak).
Would be interested to know your source for claiming that Apple is 'fixing problems and holding back units' -- most comments I've seen, on other Mac sites, suggest that the problem is far from "fixed" for many people, even after receiving replacements direct from Apple (so much for 'holding back defective units').
And you're not quite right about what I WANT from Apple: I EXPECT to be sold goods which are fit for their intended use; if they are not, I EXPECT the vendor to make good. I EXPECT this from Apple or Dell or anyone else -- it is the MINIMUM.
What I WANT from Apple is truthfulness and a bit of humility when they screw up. Too much to ask, I suppose?

I had a problem with my latch on my powerbook. If my new one (should arrive Tuesday) has a trackpad problem, I'm getting a full-refund and buying when Tiger is standard and they've fixed the problem.
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i think though that something has gone majorly wonky on the PowerBook line... some f8ck up that i am sure management at apple is trying to chart the best strategy to avoid bad pr while keep its customers happy... or at least that's what i am hoping for

but it is very very weird i am sure you will agree, for a fairly late-rev line to have this much problems. iBooks moved into the g4 line a bit later than powerbooks and have held quite strongly on the quality side of things... sure, there were logic board and screen issues, but applecare generally just swapped those components out and voila, iBook back in action...

the fact that new/replacement Alubooks are still defective to some level is rather disconcerting at this stage. more so that, like i mentioned, the PowerBook is the professional mobile computing solution from apple

my brother in london had to wait 3 months because they lost his powerbook in the mail or something like that, i got my iBook lcd fixed in 1 week (5 business days) flat. this is just an anectdotal example of my current feelings on something weird with powerbooks especially the increased expectations of customers because of its large price premium...

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I've had my 12 inch Powerbook 1.5 G4 for 3.5 weeks now. It is a beauty, and everything works perfectly.
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post #13 of 43
My 15" trackpad works like a charm. Fantastic. Scrolling side to side in Final cut is the BOMB!
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My brand new 17" is sometimes having trackpad issues (not responding, cursor movement being slow) + I have gotten my fair share of static electricity shocks...
As the track pad problems occur randomly and very seldom (a few times a day) I have yet to isolate the triggering culprit.
Come to think of it I have much more troubles at work, especially a few minutes after it has awoken from sleep... track pad lag might be related to the computer checking remote units (ethernet)???
Still a great computer though. But I guess I need to file a complaint to Apple in order to get it on the guarantee (if it escalates) - especially since I haven't got Apple Care...
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Originally posted by Kendoka
Come to think of it I have much more troubles at work, especially a few minutes after it has awoken from sleep...

In my experience, cold temperatures can make trackpads act kinda funny, so if it gets cold on the way to work, that might have something to do with it.
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This is a real bummer, and now I'm definitely going to buy a portable (either last generation Powerbook or new iBook) that has the old trackpad. Also, while the scrolling feature of the new trackpad is probably a lot better than SideTrack's scrolling feature, it's got nothing on SideTrack's other features, such as right-click taps, Expose taps, and tons of other programmable trackpad taps.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by nagromme
[B]Because they have to approach it carefully. Or the inevitable headline will appear:

"New 'Improved' PowerBooks Unusable, Apple Admits Critical Failures Widespread"

All the while Dell laptops will keep dropping like flies without the attention from the press Such is Apple's fate.

Apple's fate is such, in my humble opinion, because their well honed image has placed them "above" the rest. When Apple behaves like all other corporate giants, they are treated differently because Apple wants to be seen as different.

Why not take the bull by the horns and be upfront with thier loyal consumers?This would show us--the Apple enthusiasts--that our trust in them is well founded AND show potential switchers that Apple may indeed be different.

I am dating myself here, but back in the Nixon era, if he had just admitted to screwing up rather than go to the lengths he did to cover up, perhaps history would have turned out a little differently. The point? Everybody makes mistakes. What you DO about them is what makes the difference.
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Originally posted by zzzimbob
...it's got nothing on SideTrack's other features, such as right-click taps, Expose taps, and tons of other programmable trackpad taps.

Anyone know if this kind of mapping could be hacked for the new trackpads just as Sidetrack was for the old ones? (Alex Harper of Raging Menace, I'm looking in your direction!)

Or is it a question of an underlying incompatibility?

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This is a real bummer, and now I'm definitely going to buy a portable (either last generation Powerbook or new iBook) that has the old trackpad. Also, while the scrolling feature of the new trackpad is probably a lot better than SideTrack's scrolling feature, it's got nothing on SideTrack's other features, such as right-click taps, Expose taps, and tons of other programmable trackpad taps.

i think the iBook 14" with 60gb hard disk, superdrive and airport extreme built in, at G4 1.33ghz, is offering some good value there... comes stock with 256mb built in, but drop in an additional 512mb piece from crucial/other online memory places for about $100, and i think you'll be in for a sweet cruise...
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Maybe this kind of thing wouldn't happen if people didn't let Apple get away with churning out inadequately tested merchandise.

Something has lately gone wonky with the PowerBooks? What about the self-destructing screens on the entire last generation? Yeah, the LCD that pressed against the keyboard when you shut the computer, eventually destroying it. Come on, you had vendors selling sheets of friggin' leather to drape over the keyboard so these oh-so-elegant computers didn't destroy themselves. Has this problem even been fixed yet?

Oh yeah, then there's three generations of iPods that all skip songs. Not to mention the battery-recharging problem.

This is what you get when the entire customer base brainwashes itself into stupidly deifying a peddler of merchandise. That's right, people, it's just another company. Its products could, in fact, be very good... but aren't, because you aren't demanding it.
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Originally posted by dgurney
Maybe this kind of thing wouldn't happen if people didn't let Apple get away with churning out inadequately tested merchandise.

Something has lately gone wonky with the PowerBooks? What about the self-destructing screens on the entire last generation? Yeah, the LCD that pressed against the keyboard when you shut the computer, eventually destroying it. Come on, you had vendors selling sheets of friggin' leather to drape over the keyboard so these oh-so-elegant computers didn't destroy themselves. Has this problem even been fixed yet?

Oh yeah, then there's three generations of iPods that all skip songs. Not to mention the battery-recharging problem.

This is what you get when the entire customer base brainwashes itself into stupidly deifying a peddler of merchandise. That's right, people, it's just another company. Its products could, in fact, be very good... but aren't, because you aren't demanding it.

I'm very pro Apple, bit If i get a problem with the hardware I'll phone them, they're replacing my first powerbook now. I will not accept it. However, my iPod photo has problems (I'm waiting for the software update to fix them).
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Originally posted by dgurney
Yeah, the LCD that pressed against the keyboard when you shut the computer, eventually destroying it. Come on, you had vendors selling sheets of friggin' leather to drape over the keyboard so these oh-so-elegant computers didn't destroy themselves. Has this problem even been fixed yet?

I don't recall that being a problem with the computers "destroying" themselves, just that dirt/grime from the keyboard ended up on the LCD [the Dell laptop we have at work has the exact same problem].

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Oh yeah, then there's three generations of iPods that all skip songs. Not to mention the battery-recharging problem.

Damn, I need to keep up with this stuff. What iPods are skipping songs? I have a 3G and never had this problem (although i think you'd only notice it if you were listening to an album or a playlist not in shuffle mode, right?). But I was thinking of upgrading. Which models have this?

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This is what you get when the entire customer base brainwashes itself into stupidly deifying a peddler of merchandise. That's right, people, it's just another company. Its products could, in fact, be very good... but aren't, because you aren't demanding it.

What? Apple is just a company? You're kidding! I thought they were a god or something! Oh, and demanding better quality won't necessarily help. I mean, look at Windows. Not buying is more likely to push them (MS hadn't done anything to get Windows 'fixed' until they started losing customers to Linux and such).
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Originally posted by nagromme
The sad truth:

Apple's the BEST computer maker in hardware reliability... and even THEY aren't what I'd call remotely "good enough."

Looking at those failure rates of NON-Apple computers makes me cringe!


I don't believe it.. How the hell could sony be number 2?!

Rigged, I says.

Oh wait, 1 in 6 sony's "have problems".. ok that's about right.

Of course, this may count driver conflicts and stuff as problems. Plus Apple tech support could be best by default simply because the problems are easier to solve and there are fewer of them.

Moreover, if it were a pole of mac users vs pc users on who likes their machines better, the mac users would probably bias it pretty hard, since PC users have no loyalty to their machines.

I donno I'm just putting words together.
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Originally posted by Louzer
I don't recall that being a problem with the computers "destroying" themselves, just that dirt/grime from the keyboard ended up on the LCD [the Dell laptop we have at work has the exact same problem].



Damn, I need to keep up with this stuff. What iPods are skipping songs? I have a 3G and never had this problem (although i think you'd only notice it if you were listening to an album or a playlist not in shuffle mode, right?). But I was thinking of upgrading. Which models have this?



What? Apple is just a company? You're kidding! I thought they were a god or something! Oh, and demanding better quality won't necessarily help. I mean, look at Windows. Not buying is more likely to push them (MS hadn't done anything to get Windows 'fixed' until they started losing customers to Linux and such).


I believe the 2nd generation iPods could not play AIFF files without skipping and APPLE was aware of the problem.

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I believe the 2nd generation iPods could not play AIFF files without skipping ....

yeah like omigod that's like so terrible i'm going to boycott apple for the rest of my life because like everyone depends so so so much on AIFF files


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post #27 of 43
Couple of corrections:

The screen problem wasn't just dirt and grime. The keys pressed into the screen, destroying the cells in the LCD. Not scuffing the screen, but actually ruining the pixels in the areas subjected to greatest contact.

The skipping problem isn't caused by AIFF. It occurs in any full-sized iPod since the introduction of the non-moving wheel, and maybe even before that.

The problem is well known, but most people just don't notice that it's movement that causes it. You'll see a lot of reports like this:

http://forums.ipodlounge.com/archive/topic/81275-1.html

that purport to have a solution, but you'll see that the poster still didn't make the connection.

Other baffled users:
http://forums.ipodlounge.com/archive/topic/71314-1.html
http://forums.ipodlounge.com/archive/topic/70631-1.html
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Originally posted by dgurney
Couple of corrections:

The screen problem wasn't just dirt and grime. The keys pressed into the screen, destroying the cells in the LCD. Not scuffing the screen, but actually ruining the pixels in the areas subjected to greatest contact.

The skipping problem isn't caused by AIFF. It occurs in any full-sized iPod since the introduction of the non-moving wheel, and maybe even before that.

The problem is well known, but most people just don't notice that it's movement that causes it. You'll see a lot of reports like this:

http://forums.ipodlounge.com/archive/topic/81275-1.html

that purport to have a solution, but you'll see that the poster still didn't make the connection.

Other baffled users:
http://forums.ipodlounge.com/archive/topic/71314-1.html
http://forums.ipodlounge.com/archive/topic/70631-1.html

fair enough mate...

for the record, when i had my TiBook i just got one of those leather screen protectors, gave me peace of mind and added another level of cushioning to the TiBook when travelling...

also i have been very very happy with my iPod mini Silver... it's a little thing of beauty... i have tried shaking it really really hard for about 30 sec while listening to it, didn't experience any skipping, never have

all the best to those facing issues with their iPods and/or PowerBooks. personally i think dropping synaptics and then have your trackpad f8ck up on you was a bit of a dumb move for apple, fearlessLeader will be/is rolling some heads
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yeah like omigod that's like so terrible i'm going to boycott apple for the rest of my life because like everyone depends so so so much on AIFF files


sorry, couldn't resist

'yeah, like-dude-man' When you spend over $10K on sound gear and your iPod can't play AIFF files without skipping. You kinda get pissed off.

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

post #30 of 43
I'm having alot of issues with the trackpad on my new 17 inch powerbook that i got last week.

I get huge shocks from the pad when i touch it which was never a problem with my older powerbook (17 inch as well)

Also sometimes it stops responding for a few seconds or runs really slow.

I'm gonna have to take to the store but i just don't have time.

Also they changed the material of the trackpad surface and now my index finger is starting to get a calice. SO ANNOYING.

in the meantime i'm using a mouse which is what i usually will beusing except when i'm on the road wihtout access to a place ot rest the mouse on.
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Originally posted by O and A
I'm having alot of issues with the trackpad on my new 17 inch powerbook that i got last week.

I get huge shocks from the pad when i touch it which was never a problem with my older powerbook (17 inch as well)

Also sometimes it stops responding for a few seconds or runs really slow.

I'm gonna have to take to the store but i just don't have time.

Also they changed the material of the trackpad surface and now my index finger is starting to get a calice. SO ANNOYING.

in the meantime i'm using a mouse which is what i usually will beusing except when i'm on the road wihtout access to a place ot rest the mouse on.

I've had two PowerBooks (both new) the first latch broke - got stuck in so the lid wouldn't close. The second arrived today and this latch is really stiff and the fn key gets stuck BUT the trackpads have worked beautifully on both. I think some people are reporting this as software - but that doesn't make sense. My PowerBooks are both SuperDrive 15".
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I'm all slightly amused by this given that I was one of the first people to whine about the new TrackPads sucking... at least the ones the new display models at CambridgeSide had:

http://forums.appleinsider.com/showt...377#post738377

Glad to know I'm not mad and that it's a real problem!

Hope they fix it though. Stupid Apple -- why not stick with Synaptics?

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MacInTouch, a website which documents customer experiences with new Apple products, has been compiling reports from consumers dissatisfied with the new TrackPads. "Ive had six PowerBooks since the PowerBook 100, and I can definitely state that my new PowerBook G4 15" has a dysfunctional trackpad," said one of the sites readers. Another reader complained that even after her new PowerBook had been in Apple's repair depot for two weeks it returned with a TrackPad that freezes or is 'extremely slow.'

I just have to point out, if you go to MacInTouch for any length of time you would be convinced that Apple's products spontaneously combust and kill people on a regular basis. I don't think there has been a major OS update or new product that hasn't instantly created piles of messages from the whiners that populate that site.

I'm all for holding Apple to quality standard, but I hate the typical MacInTouch reader--or at least emailer. If you parted the Red Sea for them, they'd complain about the mud on their shoes.
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.....If you parted the Red Sea for them, they'd complain about the mud on their shoes.....

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....Hope they fix it though. Stupid Apple -- why not stick with Synaptics? ....

i bet people at Synaptics are bitter/pissed off/like i-told-you-so... this was such an excercise in pointlessness, though i *hope* apple had some valid business objectives in dropping Synaptics

lets see
1. Synaptics share price gets pummelled 20%
2. Apple had to spend a lot of time, money, people-hours to develop the 'new' trackpad in-house
3. PowerBook has lost some of its allure as professional-high-end apple mobile solution
4. Consumers and potential switchers are not impressed
5. High-end luxury switchers (these are the switchers that tend to buy 17" powerbook) are not impressed

all in all, an excercise in pointlessness, unfortunately.... \

glad apple has acknowledged the issue though
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Originally posted by sunilraman
i bet people at Synaptics are bitter/pissed off/like i-told-you-so... this was such an excercise in pointlessness, though i *hope* apple had some valid business objectives in dropping Synaptics

lets see
1. Synaptics share price gets pummelled 20%
2. Apple had to spend a lot of time, money, people-hours to develop the 'new' trackpad in-house
3. PowerBook has lost some of its allure as professional-high-end apple mobile solution
4. Consumers and potential switchers are not impressed
5. High-end luxury switchers (these are the switchers that tend to buy 17" powerbook) are not impressed

all in all, an excercise in pointlessness, unfortunately.... \

glad apple has acknowledged the issue though

if that explanation is all the is required to fix the problem then there's no much of an issue. All computers develop faults, the batteries had problems before. Apple's logic boards on the iBook G3s were funny. However we didn't blame Apple because they didn't make the hardware. Obviously if all Apple products developed faults I would stop buying them (maybe!)

On a different note my backlit keyboard seems to be much more powerful one side than the other - although it could be due to the two letters on the numeric keypad bit.
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An exercise in pointlessness? C'mon, give Apple a break will ya? Everyone makes mistakes. Our new 15" 1.67 PB works FLAWLESSLY out-of-the-box and the trackpad is incredible (we can't go back to a normal trackpad anymore). We likes it, yes...it's our new precioussss...

Without taking risks in 'exercise in pointlessness' we'd all still be in the dinosaur ages.

Try running a business instead of just criticizing them...




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Originally posted by sunilraman

i bet people at Synaptics are bitter/pissed off/like i-told-you-so... this was such an excercise in pointlessness, though i *hope* apple had some valid business objectives in dropping Synaptics

lets see
1. Synaptics share price gets pummelled 20%
2. Apple had to spend a lot of time, money, people-hours to develop the 'new' trackpad in-house
3. PowerBook has lost some of its allure as professional-high-end apple mobile solution
4. Consumers and potential switchers are not impressed
5. High-end luxury switchers (these are the switchers that tend to buy 17" powerbook) are not impressed

all in all, an excercise in pointlessness, unfortunately.... \

glad apple has acknowledged the issue though

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Originally posted by cj3209
An exercise in pointlessness? C'mon, give Apple a break will ya? Everyone makes mistakes. Our new 15" 1.67 PB works FLAWLESSLY out-of-the-box and the trackpad is incredible (we can't go back to a normal trackpad anymore). We likes it, yes...it's our new precioussss...

Without taking risks in 'exercise in pointlessness' we'd all still be in the dinosaur ages.

Try running a business instead of just criticizing them...





fair enough dude \ its just my love for apple, i likes it, its my preciousss.... so i'm like an overprotective father sometimes, ya know... i love apple but sometimes the belt's got to come off for some good ol' spanking..!!*

*note: i do not have any children and do not necessarily condone such punishment

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fair enough dude \ its just my love for apple, i likes it, its my preciousss.... so i'm like an overprotective father sometimes, ya know... i love apple but sometimes the belt's got to come off for some good ol' spanking..!!*

*note: i do not have any children and do not necessarily condone such punishment


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