Member Since: Dec 20, 2006
Location: Middletown, Pennsylvania
Mac Specs: 15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
10-23-2013, 10:04 AM
Originally Posted by Checco
it's not a matter of biting, I'm putting forward a reasonable argument.
With Apple Care (which I think is a good idea on products of this type), I would say all parts will be covered for the reasonable part of the product's life.
Considering electronics, for sure any component can fail. Let's look at it: so can the CPU, GPU, jeez, even a single cap can fail on the board - and I'm not sure that RAM will be more susceptible to failure. Looking at electronics, you typically expect to see a bathtub failure curve, which means that you will be covered for the initial high "infant-mortality" phase and well into the "flat" part of the curve. On the contrary, with a factory-controlled specification, you have less chance of failure. I'm pretty sure Apple studies these statistics quite carefully.
We design and manufacture electronic systems (using ARM, Microchip) at our company and our most reliable systems by a long way are those designed to be purpose-specific, with no removable components.
I think that we're used to an old way of doing things and we need to adapt our view (I'm relatively new to Macs, but have been tinkering with PCs since the early '90s).
I agree with most of your arguments but not your overall premise, consider this....
All of these compromises are made to achieve a hair thinner form-factor, which I can guarantee you that few true professionals care about. That is the only
net benefit - well, that and ensuring a shorter overall service life, which pads Apple's already fat bottom line.
I object to paying more money for a less serviceable machine. Period.
Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!