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Chapter 7. Hardware Annoyances

Chapter 7. Hardware Annoyances

Apple controls both the horizontal and the vertical on the Mac-designing the operating system as well as building the hardware. The result is that the hardware and software engineers at 1 Infinite Loop can cooperate or, at least, have access to each other's specifications. Compare this to your average PC, where the company building the operating system hides its family jewels from the people building the box (and vice versa). This is why the Mac generally serves up fewer hardware annoyances than your average PC.

This doesn't prevent hardware glitches, some of which have been almost Shakespearian in nature-spectacularly fatal flaws in otherwise great hardware, such as the spotted displays of the iBooks of 2002 and the famous exploding PowerBook of 1995. (It was actually Sony's battery that exploded, causing Apple to recall the PB 5300.)


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