Apple may have dropped “Computer” from its name, but the company still makes 36% of their revenues and 53% of their gross margins from selling computers. Perhaps that is why they should be careful in pushing out operating system updates, especially the ones that are likely to cause headaches.
The most recent update has caused my MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo to act erratically. The heat issues have returned and the cooling fans are roaring like a Boeing 747 ready to take off. Are you experiencing similar problems with this OS update? Is there a fix? This did not help at all!
This MacBook Pro is less than two months old, with nothing special installed on it except for PhotoShop, and a bunch of blogging related software and Microsoft Office. These problems are quite irritating, and come in the way of what Macs are supposed to do – bring joy to work! [Its not the first time the GigaTeam has had issues with the MacBooks. And so have others.]
Anyway things got so terrible today (fans were on for about 45 minutes) that I basically shut down the computer. Given that I am trying to fight the flu, being on my workstation (iMac) is not an option, and am working from the bed. I have switched temporarily to a ThinkPad T60, where thanks to some help from a bunch of Web Workers, I have been able to replicate my work environment partially. (This is not a permanent solution, but a temporary fix, for I am most productive when working on a Mac.)
As Apple continues to focus on non-computer devices, my biggest fear is that the computer side of the house might suffer. After all, according to my friends at Coburn Ventures, iPod brings in 50% of the revenues (and 30% of gross margins) and who knows how much the iPhone business is going to bring in. Against such a backdrop, I am worried about abandonment.