Originally Posted by BenRoethig
And Dell's always been crap. Apple, however used to be rock solid.
Apple always had a problem here and there, just like now. I don't see any difference.
It's just that Apple makes, and sells, more products than before, so it seems as thought they have more problems.
Maybe because there are more problems? It seems with every model there is some kind of manufacturing defect or a major hardware bug. Leopard shipped with more problems with any OS since 10.0 (which was beta 2.0 basically). They're slipping on focus.
No. I don't ever remember, going back to 6.0.8, where Apple didn't have bugs, some severe, with every OS release.
I also don't ever remember a time when they didn't have hardware problems, poor designs, etc.
During most of that time, there wasn't an internet, so these problems didn't get spread around the web like they do today. It wasn't until 2002, or so, that the web had enough sites like this for people to go to to talk about what was going on, and it's really only been in the last five years or so where the memberships of these sites became large enough for it to matter.
Also, people put Apple under a magnifying glass, where they don't do that to other vendors. We Apple customers also tend to be pickier than customers from the PC world. I see people here complaining about "problems" that are common everywhere else, but not mentioned.
So when Apple has scratches on the screens of some iPods, a major fuss resulted. The fact that every other manufacturer had about the same amount of scratching was ignored.
But it was Apple that spent the R&D dollars to come up with a much better way of eliminating them. MS copied that too, a year later.