The LA Times reports that as a result of a class action suit filed in 2006 Apple will pay US$25 to US$79 to customers who bought a power adaptor to replace a faulty one. This affects adaptors for PowerBooks and iBooks. Presumably some variant of the refund will be available in Australia, without having to ship the things to the US by the suitcase-full 🙂
It seems that some people’s 2008 MacBook Pros are exhibiting vertical light/dark screen stripes, as seen here, as if half the LED backlight is not on. There is also Apple support forum discussion on the topic.
Fortunately it seems the problem can be resolved by sleeping and waking the machine, but unnerving nonetheless, especially on brand new machines.