It appears as though at least some of the latest Apple Macbooks are suffering from graphical issues according to reports on Apple’s discussion forum. Both the Macbook and the Macbook Pro are said to be suffering from instances of “visual corruption” in which text duplicates, documents fail to scroll, and animations and videos flicker annoyingly. The video problem, of course, primarily effects Quicktime and Flash.
Some have claimed that the problem may be connected to the Leopard Graphics update, was was recently released. Apple has officially commented on the problem by saying “Apple has received reports similar to the behavior you are describing and we are investigating those reports. Further information will come in the form of a Knowledge Base article, Software Update, or Software Release.”
This begs the question – why are their so many Macbook problems lately?
There have recently been problems with Macbook Pro hard drive failure, non functioning keyboards have been an issue, and now we’re seeing graphical problems with the latest machines.
I don’t have an answer for why this is happening so much recently, but its becoming a very large issue. I mean, I don’t see issues with Dell notebook keyboards not functioning, or video not playing properly…why is that? OR – does that happen and I just don’t see it because I don’t read Windows blogs?
The thing we always tell people about Apple is that it “just works” – but more and more recently it seems like we’re running into issues where it doesn’t “just work”, and I’m not sure why.
Is this a big issue – or is it simply a case of bloggers hanging around the Apple discussion forms and finding an isolated incident and blowing it out of proportion?
I can tell you my own current problem with my Macbook Pro is so rare that Apple doesn’t have another case of it on record. They have tried like mad to fix the problem, but after sending it off 4 times I still can’t record audio on it without it turning to a garbled static filled mess. That doesn’t mean that the problem is “widespread” or “affecting numerous machines” but that’s how these other problems are reported – and seriously – if these issues are affecting only a dozen or so people that’s not “wide spread”.
Now, I know the keyboard issue affected a lot of people – but I was never able to really tell how many people were affected by the hard drive problems, and it is as yet unclean just how many users are affected by the graphics issue – but this stuff has to stop.
So what do you think? Are these problems over-blown? Even if they are, is there anything Apple can do to stop them from happening so frequently?