Wow! Apparently, Apple jumped into the “intentionally faulty product” game way back in 1980 with the Apple III, a product I never even heard of before. If you don’t want to read the whole article it’s the familiar story: presentation over function. In order to make the unit as quiet as possible, there was no fan and no vents. A heat absorbing mechanism was included but it was insufficient and testing would have had to have revealed that. So a whole shitload of them failed, naturally. On top of that, Apple III had Apple II compatibility but it was intentionally designed not to run Apple II programs at optimal performance levels.
Their marketing must be absolutely ingenious because what other fucking company can have such a high failure rate and still do so well? ARGH.