The CrackBook There's been an endemic problems with the polycarbonate MacBooks, before the unibody ones. They crack. Lots. My wife took hers in for a repair to the people who sold it to. It was on the wrong panel for the repair to be acknowledged as a manufacturing defect, so they just sent her on the way. Meanwhile, after the warranty period was over, cracks are appearing right next to the trackpad and keyboard and they're sporadically not working any longer. I'm pretty sure it's the cracks that are responsible. Apple aren't going to fix it, because it wasn't reported or repaired during the warranty period. The reason those cracks didn't appear during the warranty period, of course, was because my wife was extra extra careful with the hardware - even the foam packing that was used between the screen and the keyboard every single damn time. So now we have a MacBook with cracks and keyboard and mouse sometimes not working. And we reported it within the warranty period, but tough luck. The iTunes Store One day I get a call from my credit card company saying that $1200 in unauthorised charges were made on the debit card. I used this debit card for three things. Transactions with goverment departments, to pay my phone and Internet bills and the iTunes Store. Said $1200 in unauthorised charges were, of course, from the iTunes Store. My account wasn't used, but someone else bought lots of stuff, probably to promote their app ranking. It'd be nice if Apple would have been able to detect this kind of behaviour and not let these transactions go through, but that'd be too much to ask for. Oh no, instead I ask for a refund, which wouldn't be too much to demand, right? It would be. Ultimately, I had to cancel my debit card. Apple actually blocked my iTunes account after that. So now I have a new debit card and am still outstanding hours of running around, and a month without a debit card and $1200's worth of interest less. And had to chase up Apple after they punished me for Apple stealing $1200 of my money when some basic fraud detection system or common sense could have stopped that. iOS 5.0 Said iTunes Store account was used with an iPad. This iPad developed a broken home button. But thanks to a feature in iOS 4.3, I just had to tick a box in XCode and enable multi-touch gestures. Now, you may see on the Apple website that multi-touch gestures are available on iOS 5.0, without the disclaimer 'iPad 2 only'. Well, that's a bit misleading. Those are iPad 2 only. So, now I have a plethora of choices. Get the iPad replaced with another iPad 1 ($300 to Apple), risk going with a third-party repair place or have an expensive paperweight. Considering that I wouldn't have to choose if Apple would have kept a feature that works 100% in a newer version of iOS and that they advertise as working on iPad 1 on their iOS 5.0 page, that's a bit of a pickle. I know that the reason it's not on iPad 1 is because of the app-switching gesture, but I don't use that anyway. So now I have a timebomb that will become a paperweight next time a reinstall is required, because something I don't use doesn't run well on it and Apple made an executive decision. The PowerMac G5 I bought a PowerMac G5. In early 2005. That should be enough of a reason. It still works OK, but it's not getting that many security updates or even working software these days. It wasn't nice to be abandoned like this. It's alright when it's a product that's got a lifecycle of three years or so, but this thing doesn't. It's like a tank. Anyway, I digress. So now we have a computer that runs just fine, but feels about 10 times more abandoned than the average 6 year old PC, which can run Windows 7 just fine. I am only one person, but to be this unlucky with Apple, I think I'm cursed and I think it best for me not to buy Apple again. If you're a PC user with an iPhone and are thinking "Hey, let's buy an iMac next time", given my experience and my experience only, stay the hell away. I've never had this many problems with anyone else.