You could have just said yes and moved on. There are plenty of benefits that come with making things sleeker (and less upgradable.) but you ignore them all and went right ahead and exaggerating the issues it creates. Lets make a list: "More prone to failure" The opposite is actually true. "engineered to be more frustrating" for you? Many people (normal consumers) find the simplicity appealing. "Apple stuff is purposefully engineers their technology to be prone to failure" This is nonsensical. And rubbish. "tons of cases of ventilation issues" Rubbish. Sure if you want to overclock or do anything drastically different it may be true. "I don't know why people continue to buy their stuff" One of the few things you've said i can fully endorse. "a lot cheaper, perform better, be infinitely more upgradable, and can be modified to suit your personal demands" Yep. So buy a cheap PC box. I usually do but there is merit to Apples approach to integrating the OS and hardware and making it very reliable.