All very good points.
In our house my wife is a Mac/Apple gal, while I grew up mac and switched to PC about 20 years ago because for engineering that was where the tools were. My wife has been getting frustrated with how things have stagnated, and how a lot of little things have gotten rougher around the edges after each update.
I keep wanting to go back to Mac's, but time and again it is outrageous mark-up for low end and outdated hardware. I don't want an all-in one. I started to get sucked into the halo by owning ipods and ipads and was starting to hope for something better than a mini, but not all-in-one to fit my desires, but recently they have mangled a lot of what I liked about the iOS devices.
Playing an album and finding "shuffle" in itunes on my ipad got hard, requiring a google search to figure out what the hell they did. WTF? Itunes on my PC similarly went from poorly designed mess to mangled unusable mess I no longer open. I've wasted too much time weeding out ever recurring duplicates that have popped up randomly in old playlists, only to have them re-appear at random. What happened to "it just works". So now I see them as having taken their eye off the ball. For such a huge company it should be pretty trivial to do an annual motherboard spin whenever intel updates their CPU's (they used to have first dibs and beat the market by a month). RAM should not be marked up 3-4x. I don't mind a fair markup, but they have taken to soldering it down in some cases and made it very difficult to do yourself on others.
Basically I have stopped looking at their machines with any lust, and just have to realize that my lack of fashion makes me not part of their target demographic.