Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Oct 2017 10:42 UTC

I was in the Grand Central Station Apple Store for a third time in a year, watching a progress bar slowly creep across my computer's black screen as my Genius multi-tasked helping another customer with her iPad. My computer was getting its third diagnostic test in 45 minutes. The problem was not that its logic board was failing, that its battery was dying, or that its camera didn't respond. There were no mysteriously faulty innerworkings. It was the spacebar. It was broken. And not even physically broken - it still moved and acted normally. But every time I pressed it once, it spaced twice.

"Maybe it's a piece of dust," the Genius had offered. The previous times I'd been to the Apple Store for the same computer with the same problem - a misbehaving keyboard - Geniuses had said to me these exact same nonchalant words, and I had been stunned into silence, the first time because it seemed so improbable to blame such a core problem on such a small thing, and the second time because I couldn't believe the first time I was hearing this line that it was not a fluke. But this time, the third time, I was ready. "Hold on," I said. "If a single piece of dust lays the whole computer out, don't you think that's kind of a problem?"

The keyboard on the MacBooks and MacBook Pros is an unmitigated disaster. In pursuit of thinness nobody else is looking for, Apple severely crippled its most important Mac product line - and that's even without taking the Touchbar into account.

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RE[4]: Apple has lost the plot
by boudewijn on Thu 19th Oct 2017 18:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Apple has lost the plot"
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I got an ipad pro last weekend. In the first few hours of trying to use it, it crashed six times. It also managed to show the icons in portrait mode and the rest of the gui on landscape mode. And that's just bugs -- the user interface isn't just ill-designed, parts of it are so bad it takes me back to X11 and Athena widgets.

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darknexus Member since:

I can name serious bugs, which should be show-stoppers, in every major product out right now. However, it wouldn't be relevant to the point the previous poster made about Apple's current profit and where they are seeing the most growth.

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boudewijn Member since:

The point is, that even the products where Apple are making most of their money with are becoming ill-made crap. And people will start noticing that. And that will be bad for their bottom-line.

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