Don't believe what they say about Apple Macs

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  1. Jim

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    I bought this particular Macbook Pro late 2014. It's in use every single day; normally running, among other stuff, Photoshop/Illustrator/Scrivener/InDesign/Word/ and 3 or 4 different browsers. My mac has not been turned off or restarted this year, not once. It has a solid state drive and I just close the lid it goes to sleep (I think) and when I open the lid it's instant on.

    Today it froze and I had to force a reboot, I feel like sending it back!
     
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  2. Gizmouk

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    My iMac is now around 8 weeks old. In that time OSX has only done 1 update, but my windows 7 based ultrabook has done 42 updates.
    I feel I'm not getting my monies worth from Apple !! Come on Apple - keep up !
     
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  3. Oriel

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    Strangely enough my 5 year old Apple Mac died on Monday. I thought the fuse in the electrical plug may have gone and so changed it but my Mac remains still and lifeless on my desk. I'm now using my MacBook Pro instead as I think it may be necessary to transport my Mac to the nearest hospital.... unless anyone knows how I might revive it !!!
     
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    My MacBook Pro is eight and a half years old. I'm feeling rather let down that it is just a couple of months too old to update to the latest OSX - I have to make do with Snow Leopard. Where is the long-term customer care in that I ask? Isn't it reasonable to expect a Mac to keep running for at least ten years - just like I'm sure a Windows PC would :rolleyes:
    I rarely turn it off and it just soldiers on. It's still pretty quick (a lot faster than any Win machine that I ever used for more than 18 months). Obviously the original purchase price represents appalling value for money at £1,600 - just £200 per annum. But then an equivalent specification HP or Dell laptop at the time would have cost me the same (or a bit more) and I'm sure they too would still have been going strong - wouldn't they? ;)
     
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    It's a well known fact that Apple computers are the best you can get. They just let themselves down with their phones and tablets.
     
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    I bought a MacBook Pro Last November and within a month it had crashed.
    I phoned the Apple support in Ireland a very nice young man talked me through trying all manner of things to try and revive it.
    "Theres nothing else for it" he said eventually. "We are going to have to reinstall the operating system"
    My heart sank, I didn't have any CDs or even a CD drive. "How will we do that?" I asked.
    "Oh easy" he said, "just press these buttons, and in about 40 minutes it will all be done"
    It actually took 20 minutes because we have a fairly quick fibre Broadband here, and hey presto, it just started itself and has been faultless ever since!
    However I am still struggling to do fairly simple things because the Apple way is so alien to me. I have used PCs since IBM launched them in 1981 (model 5050 with 16k RAM if I remember correctly).
     
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    O~~h and my iPhone has just stopped charging so that will cost £30 to get repaired. Bugger!
     
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    I bought an iMac last November (Black Friday, £100 off from John Lewis) Fabulous machine and stunning graphics, however after 3 months it started behaving badly, I took it back to JL who sent it to the official repair depot in Scotland, turned out there was a fault on the screen and a new screen was fitted. It's behaved impeccably since but like Makem after many years with Windows the OSX Yosemite is a new experience.
     
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    I upgraded my 2008 MacBook Pro with a new one in 2012. Problem is, it wasn't broken and still runs Yosemite as quick as the new one. I feel cheated.
    On the othe hand, I have just had to reinstall Windows 7 on my Panasonic Toughbook. It took about an hour to install, 5 hours to download 5gb of updates, and an hour to download all the (19) Panasonic drivers. I still have to get an anti virus programme.
    I can't use it though. The mouse pointer keeps moving on its own, shifting to the bottom right corner in steps.
    It going to take me hours to sort out. Now that's value for money!
    You know that feeling you get when you have to book an appointment to go to the dentist? I had that as I lifted the lid of my Toughbook with a new MS Windows disc in my hand......
     
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    Having derided Apple for many years, and spending a small fortune on windows based machines since 1984, I bought a MacBook Air and now eat humble pie! OK, I did have to install windows XP to run a particular accounts program using (free) Virtual Box, but even with a program running a program running a program (are you still with me?) it is lightening fast. Load up time? 13 seconds and ready to go, battery life about 8 hours - but can I get used to the intricacies of the OS system? Not yet, especially handling and block naming photograph files. Would I go back to a Windows based machine? Not bl****y likely!
     
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    At £1049 I should hope it doesn't go wrong :) http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/apple-macbook-12-gold-10127153-pdt.html

    I can buy a windows Lappy for around £350, Why pay more? :D

    Ian
     
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    As a matter of interest only, years ago I was told that a Mac likes to be switched off once or twice a year so it can do a bit of in house management on boot up.

    Don't know if that is true or not but I do switch mine off now and again.

    I have had a Mac since 1996 and not one has ever gone wrong, I even get real money for them on ebay when I change every 5 years or so.

    My first iphone circa 2008 went wrong this year and was bricked after only 7 years, I almost complained to Apple.



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    Macs are rubbish !

    My G3 and iMac just won't give up

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    Both run Photoshop and Quark Xpress and Clarisworks and I still use them

    (y)(y)(y)
     
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    DOS and Windows pretty much all my business career from having my own machine in 1984 until retiring in 2013 when I bought my MacBook Pro. The machine performs well but Apple is not so intuitive as it likes to think it is! Also now have an iPod, iPad and iPhone!

    Gradually getting used to their foibles!
     
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    To get a machine that works properly straight out of the box and will continue to do so for years.

    My MacBook Pro specced how I wanted it was more than double the price you quoted and I would happily pay it again tomorrow if I needed to. I know that I won't have to for years though.

    If you are happy to struggle on with the half finished, limited, buggy offerings that Microsoft force out and keep rebooting it every half an hour that's fine. I'll be sticking with a system that works properly. (y)
     
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    I'm trying to convince myself that a new iMac with the 5k retina display (not money) is a business essential.
     
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    I use Windows machines because they work.. yes I have to reboot every week or so and yes after 4 or 5 years I need to get a new one.. but I can buy software without checking with app support first and I can build and supply software to clients that I know will work...

    I much prefer my chromebook though...
     
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    Chromebook is a different animal again isn't it. I've not used one but I've heard that they do pretty much what they claim to do

    Don't agree at all even for one nano second with the statement that Windows machines work. I have to have one at work to run one piece of software that controls one printer. It is never used for anything else ever. One piece of software. That machine has caused me more problems in the last 6 months than half a dozen Macs have in several years. And it isn't the software, it's the expensive, high end piece of junk running Microsofts even worse piece of junk.
     
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    Nice one....my first Mac (1999 Blue & White G3 PowerMac) is still being used daily. Sadly my 2002 G3 iMac bit the dust a couple of months ago but its hard drive now boots the PowerMac.

    Just to counter some of this Apple fanboy-ism though...I've also had a G3 iBook die after 15 months and a 2008 17" MacBook Pro that was great when it worked, had the best (matte) screen of any computer I've used, but was probably the flakiest computer I've ever owned....and the most expensive :(
     
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