Is Apple’s tax pushing you away? Is this feeling common among Apple users?
[TLDR] Is Apple tax wearing down dedicated users as prices increase and flexibility with products decrease? Is this a common sentiment?
I’ve been using Apple’s products for over a decade, and have largely defended many choices they make, while staying quite neutral (Android/ios + Mac/PC + Headphone jack + USBC/Thunderbolt). I’m happy to understand/agree with criticism, but not immediately jump to assuming Apple’s greed drives every decision, but instead walks hand-in-hand with wanting to push technology forward at the discomfort of many users, and the benefit of their wallet. Not all evil, and not all perfect either. I’m not a blind sheep, but simply a person who’s enjoyed investing into products I love.
However I am finding it incredibly difficult to want to buy another Mac product. I’m a Graphic designer (not wealthy) who loves MacOS, and it’s entire ecosystem. I’m about an inch away from selling my gear and building a Hackintosh, leaving the most stable OS and wandering into the volatile neighbourhood of Hackintosh.
Below are a few talking points that push me further and further away from Apple. I’m curious if my sentiment is becoming more and more common among devoted Apple users as pricing and flexibility gets more ridiculous. The last bullet point is pretty much the reason I’m about to jump ship.
•All-in-one iMac design is becoming messy with cables/dongles, and I worry about the longevity of my $4000+ investment (which I’m still paying off). My machine will become outdated and Apple will not allow me to use my 5K display passively with new computers in the future, making it literal trash. (Maybe this is why they try so hard to be recyclable)
•I want a separate monitor/tower set-up but they have no options for me.
-Mac Pro is very expensive and I refuse to invest $5000-$10000 into 5-6 year old tech.
-Mac mini “the budget Mac” has increased in cost, and requires me to purchase an external graphics card if I want a decent graphics processing, resulting in even more additional costs.
-New 2019 Mac Pro may be modular to some extent (likely with heavy restriction), but will likely become even more expensive given the way Apple has been hiking prices across all of their products.
•I’m unable to watch my 4K digital movies, despite having a beefy 5K machine which costed over $4000, because I don’t own an Apple TV. I’m probably $7000+ invested into Apple’s ecosystem, and I still can’t watch a movie in 4K???
•This is kinda the final straw for me. My iMac doesn’t have sufficient storage. I got a small 256GB SSD and partitioned it with Bootcamp (My own fault for doing this). Needless to say, with Adobe applications, iCloud Drive and a select few files left on my computer I’m left with very little space.
-I’ve talked to apple about paying some ridiculous fee to have Fusion storage instead so I can free up space, but they refuse since it is not a repair, but an “upgrade”. That’s fine since they referred me to a 3rd party licensed vendor to service me. THE 3rd PARTY refuses to change a hard drive at risk of losing their license to work on Apple devices. So my only option without spending thousands on a new computer is to go with an unauthorized person to dismantle my 5K display to expand my storage some. It’s a risk I’m unwilling to make.
Is the faith in Apple wearing down with other users, or is this mostly me? Sorry for the long post.