The state of Apple hardware I currently own

I own a MacBook Pro Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013. At the time I bought it, April 2014, I maxed out both the RAM at 16GB and HD at 512GB SSD.

About 2 months ago, I noticed the battery had swollen, so I had it replaced at a cost of ~€340. Since then, I have been experiencing random shutdowns, ranging from every few hours to couple of days. There has been an incredible amount of back and forth with Apple and their Authorised Service Provider in Greece1. I won’t trouble you with the details2 suffice to say that I am unable to do any software development on it.

The iPhone X, running iOS 13.2.2, over time seemingly exhausts its network connection pool with Apple services. App Store downloads are stuck forever, sharing a Note via iCloud comes back with a “Connection Error” etc. At this point, I need to restart the device.

When talking on said iPhone X via the AirPods (1st Gen), people will complain that they have trouble hearing me. At random times, I sound like talking from a distance.

Apple TV (4th Generation) is working fine overall tho I do come across glitches on tvOS from time to time.


  1. There is no official Apple presence in Greece i.e. Apple Store and no support for mail-in. Effectively you are being treated as a second grade customer while in Greece. ↩︎

  2. At this stage, I have sent some sysdiagnose logs and waiting for a response. ↩︎

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