I was wondering if the quality of Apple products is going down? I have the feeling it does. I use Mac since Tiger and I feel both hardware, but especially software quality is going downhill. I remember when I switched from XP to Tiger I was impressed by the overall reliability of the hardware and the OS. I never looked back. However, when Leopard was released, I noticed a lot (!) of bugs and issues. I hoped the many updates and SL would be the cure, but I feel it actually got worse over time… These are some of the issues I'm experiencing all the time: - Time machine (and Time capsule) are extremely unreliable and get stuck all the time. It takes 10 minutes for the GUI to get responsive, backups take hours, indexing gets stuck, ... - My iMac 2008 speakers get distorted every 10 seconds when playing iTunes music. All other audio sources play fine. - SL Finder crashes or gets stuck a lot. - MobileMe: don't get me started on that one. - iTunes is so overloaded it gets unusable at times: it syncing, streaming, playing, … - Safari 4 was slow, safari 5 is even slower: if I open a new tab, the screen gets garbled up and it can take up to 10 seconds. I saw this was fixed in some SL update, but apparently not for me. - When I watch movies on my Apple TV that are streamed from my iMac, the iMac goes to sleep after a while, cutting off the movie. - Opening/Saving dialog boxes in all my applications can be very slow. Especially if Time Machine is at it again. - SL does not feel snappy (yes, I have 4Gb of RAM). - If my Macbook Pro awakes from hibernate (not sleep!), my mouse is unresponsive for up to 5 minutes (after the screen has restored) - … Maybe I should do a clean install (again) of my iMac and Macbook Pro, but the point is I shouldn't have to. Yes, I checked permissions. Besides, I'm not sure it will fix my issues. Of course I also had my share of hardware issues: broken superdrive, issues with my iPhone 3G screen, dark lines on my Macbook Pro screen, stuck mighty mouse scroll-ball, failing batteries, time capsule that fails service, but I guess everybody has those?