My boss always says, "If Ford asked the customers what they wanted, they'd say they wanted a better horse."
I agree with this philosophy in that there is a CHOICE. I CHOOSE not to buy/partake/drink the Apple koolaid because I don't like their offerings. I hear HP has a Tablet coming out that will run Windows 7... I'll bet that isn't locked into some kind of "artificial limitation".
Something that is unnecessary has never stopped people from doing it.