In article <030720032021193844%spamjackatbohnhoffdotcom.spam >, Jack B
Sure. Some things are _guaranteed_ to fail. The question/gamble is>I really like my new powerbook.
>It's the 12" combo drive version.
>And I'm wondering about buying some AppleCare. Are there things in this
>notebook that are likely to fail?
Apple correlate the likelihood of failure with the cost of repair and
work out the cost of the Applecare plan. The fact that a PB Applecare
plan is more expensive than a desktop plan is a hint.
From the reliability POV you would have been better off waiting for a
second or third revision wherein most of the design/manufacturing flaws
in the first rev will have been fixed.
But you have nothing to worry about yet. Your warranty protects you for
12 months and you can decide to take out Applecare just before the
And since some PB repairs are grotesquely expensive, you should bite
the bullet and get Applecare. In these days of accelerating
unreliability, Apple's insurance business must be booming. How they
compare with other laptop makers I don't know but it doesn't seem right
that the main beneficiary of design/manufacturing shortcomings should
be the perpetrator.