Back in 2015, I went to the local Apple Store because my MacBook Pro would no longer boot. It had been hit hard by the notorious graphic card glitch that plagued the MacBook pro class of 2011. I got a new logic board for free as part of the repair program for this well-known issue.

The year went 2016, and I made another appointment for the same computer that was even in a worse condition than the year before. According to the Genius, the computer did not show any signs of animation and it was not even possible to run a low-level diagnostics, and so the computer was pronounced dead.

But because the of the uncomfortably short lifetime of the replacement logic board the Genius offered a 10% discount if I bought a new computer in the store. I honestly had the intention to buy a low-to-mid-range iMac and walk out of the store in peace. But, turns out, all stock iMac models in the store were fitted with a spinning disk or a fusion drive.

I politely informed the Apple sales person that it was 2016 and that, in the price range that Apple products typically occupy, nobody should sell computers that have a spinning disk.

She agreed with similar politeness, but nevertheless replied to me that SSD-configurations are built-to-order, and the discount voucher would not be good for a BTO-configuration. So I left the store Mac-less, and that day marked the beginning of a longer period without owning a Mac as my primary computer1.

With a little luck, I still have that voucher in my records. It‘s 2019 now, and I still would not be able to use the voucher to buy a stock iMac in the Apple Store that comes with an SSD.

Three. Years. Later.

  1. That period, to some extent, still hasn’t ended. I might have mentioned this already.