Like many here on slashdot I'm an A-Grade Computer Expert.
I had my fist encounter with microcomputers at the delicate age of 9, playing Lunar Landing on a Comodore PET at my dad's workplace back in the late 70ies. For me being able to Programm a computer off the bat was always the main and most important trait of a computer. My first own computer was a Sharp PC 1402 (PC standing for "Pocket Computer") - it was portable, had a small Qwerty Keyboard but most of all it was programmable, in Basic.
Long story short, I've alway gone the programmer side of the beated path when it comes to computers. I got my first Mac roughly in 2003, when the famous 12" iBook G4 (with seperate Wifi Module) was the best Subnotebook you could get for 1000 Euros, hundreds of euros cheaper than the next cheapest offering from Toshiba. I wanted to run the Flash IDE and wouldn't touch a portable Windows machine with a ten-foot pole.
The one thing that struck me with the Apple Computers, aside from the Windows boxes, my self-made Abit BP6 dual celeron running SuSE Linux and all the other stuff Nerds like us tinker with day-in and day-out, was that the Apple devices work.
Out of the box.
This is the plain and simple truth that holds until today, even with the golden cage in iTunes and "secure pay" or whatever it's called built into the newest Macbook Pros moving further in to give users a cushy lock-in.
When it comes to zero-fuss "buy, unpack, works" computing, Apple rules unchallanged in every imaginable way. Good hardware, good design, unmatched out-of-the-box usability just short of an meticulously expert-configured KDE on an expert-built custom box. ... No shovelware. No shitty third-party endorsements (how I hate these shitty windows notebooks with their stickers and crap ...) , no MS crap (Oh God, the MS crap - just thinking of it makes me sick) ... Apple is passionate about software and they build their own hardware. This shows at every corner. It is very much as Steve Jobs said: They don't want to build crap - and it shows.
I bought a mac mini a few years later and then a few years later the 2011 MB Air.
Again, a totally new category of device that works out of the box. With Unix. And lot's of very neat open source offerings to improve your development life.
Fast forward to today, my latest computer is a 300 Euro Free-DOS netbook (Asus Travelmate B117) that I installed Lubuntu 16 LTS on, for the simple reason that I didn't want to shell out 2300 Euros for those new MacBook touchbar devices and I'm actually faster at work if I use a box that forces me to use the CLI and a lightweight WM.
Also, Flash is dead, so I don't need it's IDE anymore. And it's the first and probably last proprietary technology I will ever have worked with. Adobe can go and f*ck itself - I will probably never use any of their tools for anything mission critical again. I also find the iTunes and apple-lock-in secure-fingerprint thingie on the new MBs a little disconcerting. Also right now Apple is expensive again in every device category including the mac mini - which used to be a real bargain deal throughout the entire industry.
So after 13 years, macs are off the menu again and I'm back to Linux as my main system and once again a cheap Linux netbook is a good choice.
But all that aside, it still holds true: If you want the all-out zero-fuss experience, you can not go wrong with a mac. The only thing lately competing with Apple in this regard is Google with their ecosystem and Chromebooks rounding off the upper edge. You can have an experience simular to Apples with a notably cheaper Chromebook. But I'm not quite there yet throwing myself completely into the arms of Google. I'm a computer expert, I want control and I distrust the big corporations - and for good reasons too.
But if you're not an expert and you have money to spare, Apple will never let you down. And AFAICT it has been that way ever since Steve Jobs came back on board and introduced the iMac. The iMac was the first GUI computer that you didn't need to adjust the screen on. Think about that difference for clueless end-users and remember us fumbling on the knobs of the CRTs to get them to display correctly.
Or look at the Apple remote and then at the XBox remote. You instantly see what Apple is always about.
That's the special appeal of Apple devices.
Glad I could help.