Bidding farewell to the Apple ecosystem
I did it. I’ve forced myself to wean off the Apple ecosystem.
I was a big Apple fan. I had Apple everything – mac, phone, router, watch, tv, tablet.
For years, I really appreciated how it all ‘just worked’. But I can no longer justify the price.
It used to be that Apple’s solutions worked best, like how I could easily sync my photos and contacts across all devices.
Then I discovered I can now do the same with Google’s products. I sync my contact and calendar to my Gmail account, and Google Photos automatically backs up all my photos to the cloud for free.
My 2011 mac mini served me well – I had it upgraded with a Samsung SSD. But it can’t be updated to Mojave.
I was hopeful about the new mac mini, thinking it would be affordable and easily upgradable. Turns out Apple kept the exact same form factor as my old mac mini and soldered everything on.
I was gifted a custom made PC with AMD Ryzen 5, NVIDIA 1050 Ti (with 4GB VRAM), 250GB SSD and Windows 10 Pro. Apparently this cost less than the entry level mac mini.
Was very hesitant to make the switch even though it was free, but once I did, I discovered my insistence on all things Apple was an irrational and emotional one.
So after all these years of being a big Apple fan, I officially no longer am, forced not just by economic realities but also the realization that Apple products are no longer worth the premium or irreplaceable.