1997 was the year I received my first Apple. Of-course back then Apple was certainly not as mainstream as it is today, we had an apple reseller in our town that was empty 90% of the time. I've noticed that over the years my purchases of Apple notebooks has raised my eyebrows over quality as time has passed. I remember buying my first tangerine ibook and graphite SP. The build quality was superb, most people I know agreed that returns due to faults out the box was a rare occurrence. However I've noticed in recent years, I've found myself complaining over more and more defects out-of-the-box - ibook first generation - dead pixels, faulty trackpad Titanium powerbook - motherboard burnt out Macbook Pro - discoloration on speaker grill Macbook - small scratches on screen, discolored aluminum case. Now don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Apple fan and have been for over 10 years, but I can't help but wonder how the manufacturing process has evolved with the complexity of constructing a laptop. Just wondered if anyone else had found the quality over the years with Apple laptops?