Apple Tells Retailers to Stock Up on Current MacBooks and iPods (Don't Buy One Now)

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If you needed a bigger hint that new iPods and MacBooks (whatever form they take) are around the corner, AppleInsider is reporting that Apple has "strongly suggested" to its retail channel partners to stock up on at least four weeks worth of their best-selling iPod models, and at least three weeks worth of MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

This indicates they're ramping down production of current models, and gearing up for fresh goods in early to mid-September, though the stretch for new notebooks might be a bit longer. Regardless of the exact timing, save yourself the trouble of kicking your own ass by holding off on buying a new iPod or notebook for the next few weeks, if only to see what's in the pipe. [Apple Insider]

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First, I never implied that you were quoted prices for repairs. I was simply commenting on what you said about repair quotes. Read what I WROTE too.

Second ... Congratulations. I'm sure you enjoy your profession. I admit that I am merely a student of law and not a lawyer (yet). Regardless, while it is not immoral to threaten legal action at a company, throwing out the possibility that something can be done legally because a part failed outside of the warranty period classifies you as, in layman's terms, a DICK.

I agree that a computer of that price and caliber should last more than two years. But because a person neglects to buy the extended warranty (Perhaps Apple's way of telling consumers not to rely on a simple one year warranty), it does not mean he/she should threaten legal action to get what he/she wants because people believe equipment should last longer.

No. Ideally, companies like Apple, Western Digital and IBM should band together to set a higher industry for standard for equipment use. Realistically, organizations like the BBB, and other regulatory and consumer oversight committees should see to it that the consumer is protected (to some extent)on large-ticket purchases.

Further, your lemon presented a risk to Apple. The overheat adds a whole new claim to a potential case: failure to adequately warn.

Remember the guy who claimed that his MBP burned his genitals? Overheating computers make legal departments wonder how much warning to provide against using a laptop computer in one's lap. If you don't provide enough, a negligent failure to warn claim may lie. Further, given the prevalence of the term "laptop computer", can any warning be sufficient? The deck is stacked against a computer manufacturer on the warning claim.

Apple classifies their laptops as "notebooks," thus avoiding such confusion. Call Apple and any tech will say to you that it should not be used on the lap and that because it is classified as a notebook, it should be used on a desk or pad.