This is precisely why aggregate data provide the best measure of hardware reliability. Relying on anecdotal reports of hardware reliability is almost worthless. For example, my own personal experience, being an Apple user since 1978 and a Mac user since 1984, is that I've owned more than 30 Apple computers and only ever had to take one in for repair. Does that mean that someone else will have the same experience? Hardly, but if you look at the surveys done by PCWorld annually (which in 2012 surveyed 45,000 readers), you'll see that Apple has a 9.3/10 score for reliability. This...Show more →
Bought my first Mac (PowerMac 7100) in 1996 and have never had a hardware problem on any of the later models that I owned. In my case, Apple Care would have been a waste of money.
I find it is a good policy to join a local Mac Users Group. For a small annual fee, you can attend monthly meetings to discuss all Mac-related topics, with presentations from reps from Adobe, Apple, etc. Also, if you have any software problems, you can simply present them online and more than likely one of the Mac experts will solve your problem. Well worth the annual membership fee.
I won't discuss Apple non-computer products, as that is off-topic for this thread.
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means, I'm out of here.