I had a friend who had it stop charging to her Macbook Air so I suggested that she take it in the Apple store. When the genius plugged it in the power socket it exploded. Well she got a replacement adapter, so I started to look into the issues with this part. Was this just a freak thing, or a sign of a larger problem? It seems to be a sign of a larger problem.
Interesting that in the past Apple blamed many of these issues on third-party power adapters. It seems that the majority of people who had this place the blame on Apple. This isn’t a new issue either. Probably 3 years ago in CT a home was burnt because of a faulty Apple power adapter. There are many examples where power adapters have been dangerous.
Whenever I see people who have apple power adapters tightened up with tape, I always encourage people to take it for replacement at the Apple store. I don’t think that any third-party or end-user fix is appropriate given the fact it will void an Apple warranty. Certainly anyone still under the warranty would be well served to take it to the Apple store. Certainty it shouldn’t be required, but just like the airbag recall sometimes you have to bring the issue to the attention of decision makers to get action.
This Genieo company needs to be banned from Apple for making a choice that only the user should be making. No program should access a security choice for any reason. There are no ways to protect from programs that make choices on behalf of a user.
What is even more surprising is that Apple allows this to happen. For a company that tightly controls things, for a developer to bypass their security seems very strange. I would not be surprised that once Apple learns of this that this program will be pulled.
More importantly, any program that thinks it knows what the user want deserves to fail. It is up to individual choice to determine how much we interact with companies. We can’t start down this road of allowing the fox to guard the chickens as they say.
Even better, any program that access personal data on the mac should have a red flag come up and the user should be immediately made aware. This has been a problem in the past with contacts being accessed without user permission by other developers. I thought Apple learned from that experience. They promise that their users data is safe, but how can it be when developers are allowed to bypass security restrictions? And what is security unless it can authenticate who the person is who made the choice? This is a failure of all parties involved.