Since everyone here loves being a storyteller of their experiences, I figured I'd take a few moments to share my own. After a decade of studying and working on Apple products, I've decided perhaps I should stick to what I do best - purchasing and servicing used machines. For a new machine, it's been an exercise in patience. I'm not sure if it's Apple Quality Control or Apple Customer Service that made the decision for me, or perhaps a combination of the two, but ultimately I'll be looking to find out how much a fully optioned MacBook Air (Mid 2012) sells for. After 5 months or so of ownership, my machine began to experience intermittent graphics lockups. The system was losing communication with the Intel graphics accelerator resulting in a complete loss of video updates and rapid fire entries in the console logs, like so... Code: kernel: **** Debug info for *possible* hang in MAIN graphics engine **** After discussing the issue with Apple and being advised to hold out on having any diagnostic or repair work done due to the imminent launch of 10.8.3. The update came through and was installed, however it didn't correct the issue. After this, it was concluded that the Logic Board should be replaced. Thankfully this corrected the graphics issue. However the Logic Board supplied by Apple was a refurbished board, and not a brilliantly refurbished one at that. The board is still covered in stains, perhaps flux, from the remanufacturing process, but since the board is otherwise functional Apple deemed the part fit for purpose and closed the repair. Hrm. Alright, life goes on. Then the Power Adapter failed. It would still charge the machine, most of the time, but it wasn't looking good. After discussing this with Apple and sending photos to them to prove that yes, the adapter was in fact in reasonable physical shape, the adapter was replaced. Fast forward a few months. As I hammer out an article for a technology forum late one evening, I'm greeted with an inability to comfortably use the letter "L" as it's decided to eject itself free from my keyboard. A trip to the Genius Bar to have that looked at. After the Genius tells me repeatedly that the key is simply not seated correctly, despite the fact it had been reseated multiple times in the past, they allow another Genius to look at the machine, and he replaces the Key Lift. Exactly as I suspected and stated from the start. Now, throughout the previous three repairs, I've been watching the machine health closely. I was never satisfied with the battery health, watching it make a steady decline from 98% to a fairly low 85% at the 200 cycle mark. Finally, after the last Genius Bar reservation for the key lift, the dreaded "Service Battery" indicator began to intermittently appear. It had finally dropped below 80%, albeit intermittently. I snapped screenshots of the issue and recorded as much information as I could, and back off to the Genius Bar I went. The Genius took one look at the machine before connecting it up to their Service Toolkit server for testing. Of course, it passed the diagnostics by a paltry 3%. I could watch the charge drop in real time from the diagnostic display, and it became very apparent that the machine was not well. I showed them the screenshots and documentation of the fluctuating battery health, but the information went straight in the trash - as long as Apple's diagnostics said the battery was good, Apple considered it good, no matter how much evidence to the contrary. So, I called AppleCare Technical Support and asked to speak to a Senior Advisor. I was told at this point that the Genius had recorded that my battery was fully functional at the point of diagnosis and that Apple would uphold the decision to decline my battery service. Disappointed. I know Apple has procedures in place for handling intermittent faults, but they chose not to exercise those procedures. With a machine about to leave its first year warranty, it wasn't looking good for the MacBook Air. Keen to have this resolved, I called them again a few days later. I had to make the request to speak to Customer Relations this time, as it was unlikely I would get any further without their assistance. Customer Relations reiterated that the Genius Bar had the final say on the issue, but after sending them the screenshots displaying the Service Battery indicator, they agreed to override the Genius Bar decision and issue an exception for the battery repair. So, the MacBook Air will now be receiving a replacement Battery. Not a replacement machine, much to the surprise of those that I told, but a battery. It's almost a case of "take the money and run", because I can't see any better outcome at this stage. Overall, the experience of dealing with Apple hasn't changed my perception of them at all. After all, I worked as an AppleCare technician for the better portion of the last 4 years, and I've never actually managed to have a successful repair or service experience with Apple that hasn't been held up at least once internally. What did take me by surprise was the feel at the Genius Bar. I'm not sure I've ever quite felt so inadequate, as though I had no technical knowledge of my own machine to bring to the table. I couldn't get a word in, even stating information in an attempt to help them isolate the fault was knocked back dare I question their authority, or something along those lines. Regardless, I maintained composure and kept calm throughout all of it. I've dealt with my fair share of difficult customers, and I just don't have the heart to inflict that on somebody else. I'm definitely not looking forward to going back there though. As for the MacBook Air, well it may be time to consider selling the machine on the used market. With 8GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a brand new battery, I may be able to recover some of its market value. Having resigned from AppleCare recently to take up another job in the industry, one that supplies the use of Lenovo ThinkPads, I'm keen to go back to my roots and start experimenting with hardware from a number of different vendors again. Would I buy another new machine from Apple? Right now, definitely not. There needs to be time for the wounds to heal. That doesn't mean I'll be Apple-less of course, I rescued a MacBook Pro (Quad i7) from a salvage lot and have almost completed repairs to the components on the Logic Board. The entire machine will have cost me $7.50 by the time it's finished, not counting future upgrades. My MacBook Pro (Early 2008) is still hammering away despite having a terminal nVidia GeForce 8600M GT in it that Apple won't repair, but its faithful service won't go unrewarded when the time comes - I already have plans to have the GPU professionally reballed. These two machines I'll continue to love, because they cost next to nothing and so I can live with their imperfections, but also because for machines that have have experienced neglect, defects or damage, they've proven their robustness and earned their place. Anyhow, that's my story. If there's any advice you can take away from this, firstly it's "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again". Secondly, Customer Relations does have the power to overrule the Genius Bar. Third and finally, document everything, because if Apple Service Toolkit gives your machine a clean bill of health, even contrary to what it has reported in the past, it's your documentation that will lend credibility to your arguments for having it repaired.