Originally posted by mmmpie
Sometimes we forget that Apple doesnt design anything. People who work for Apple design the products that Apple releases. People leave, people make mistakes, bugs happen.
There are a number of factors to consider,
a new cpu ( bugs happen )
a chipset ( bugs happen )
a new case ( bugs happen )
a new OS ( bugs happen )
a new board ( bugs happen )
Thats a lot of new stuff going into these new machines. Im sure that lots of it will go right, Apple have been working on this for a long time. But Im also sure that plenty of things will go wrong. It would be wise to wait for a few machines to get out in the wild and see what doesnt work properly. It can take a lot of arm twisting to get Apple to acknowledge a widespread fault.
Of course, on the other hand, if Apple release an intel mini Ill be buying about 5 of them, theres really nothing comparable in the intel space for running dev servers.
We know that the "company" doesn't actually *do* anything.
But Apple has a better record than most. Even laptops that were hot ram without problems. Heat just can't be avoided at times. But as long as it's understood, it can be directed where it won't harm the computer.
Bugs happen. But meaningful bugs in hardware are rare. Software is tougher than hardware. Hardware can be tested and characterized much more easily than software can.
Evderyone will be using the same chips. That's certainly no reason to avoid the system.
Cases shouldn't be much of a problem. No more of a problem than before. You might as well say that every time Apple comes out with a new case, we should wait a year before buying. Only a very small percentage of people ever have a problem with a case, even when it turns out that the design WAS defective. The first Titaniums had problems with the first iteration. But, even then, less than 1% of the people who had them had a problem (other than with the paint, but that's cosmetic).
Motherboards are not hard to do. It's basic electronics design. I've designed a number of high performance boards over the years. It's much easier today, despite the greater complexity and higher frequencies involved.
It's unlikely that Apple will continue to design all of it's own chipsets, or even most of them. Possibly, none of them.
The OS seems to be fine. It's the only real area of contention. But within a couple of weeks we will see if there are any real problems. As I said eariler, check in with Maxfixit, Macinrough, her, and other sites. Any problems will quickly surface, as well as any workarounds.
Basically, Apple's problems should be no worse than other PC manufacturer. They are all transitioning over to Express. 30% of all new PC's now will have it by the end of 2005. Apple has successfully made that transition with remarkably little fuss. Going to Express is a bigger move electronically than going to a new cpu.
Software availability will be the biggest question. A lot of companies have already announced that they are ready. There will be far greater compliance with this switch than there ever was when Apple went to the PPC in the first place.