In general I agree with you, though we differ on the merit of switching to "commodity" hardware. I think it was great and probably made Macs better for the end user. Intel makes fine CPUs and I'd rather be hitched to that wagon than something exotic.
I never worked for Apple but I have owned a Mac since Macs existed. In that time I have seen Apple promise, over and over, to get serious about games on Macs. This gave us a series of half-hearted efforts like Game Sprockets, but nothing ever came of it. Then we saw hard-core productivity apps killed off. Aperture was discontinued, and from what I read Final Cut shed its pro-level features and ceded the market back to guy like Avid, guys that Apple had been beating.
Tim Cook could come out on stage wearing a white iVR rig and I wouldn't believe they'd get serious about games. Lucy has yanked that football away a few times already. It feels like MacOS only exists now as the host body for the bloated parasite iTunes.
> From my perspective Apple is sucking the marrow out of the Macintosh until the bone is dry.
I can't disagree.
My good old 17" Macbook Pro just bit the dust. It's one of several machines of various OSs that I use daily. Hopefully, it's just the drive. If it's the logic board... My own Mac journey will have come to an end too. I can't see myself replacing it, since they don't make a computer that I want any more. Good grief, I am writing this on a Surface Pro... a device which is buggy as hell, but useful, fun and innovative, too... things I used to get from Apple.