Ok so a tongue-in-cheek post here... After all these years, buying several Macs, iPhones, iPads, Mac-only software and the Apple watch, do you ever feel you have no choice but to keep buying Apple? I love my 2012 cMBP but it's starting to die. Looking at the current offerings of laptops I'm rather disappointed: no ports, glossy screen, only 16GB of RAM, impractical/ gimmicky touch bar - but my main gripe is the value for the price. On top of an already expensive core system, you then get gouged for SSD and RAM upgrades. Add all the USB C adapters or docking station plus AppleCare (which you have to purchase sooner than later), you're looking at the price of an (albeit used) car! Ok, yes I have the cash to spend, but I just can't pull the trigger. It just doesn't make sense to spend that much money on a laptop unless it's going buy me Starbucks, wash my car, and clean my cat's litter box. Despite this we still buy them. Why? Because we're invested in the Apple ecosystem. They have us by the short and curlys and know that we have no choice but to pay the price, or start all over again in a rough transition back to Windows. I love MacOS, but am not a fan of their current hardware. The MacBooks are a series of very expensive compromises. If only other computer manufacturers could license MacOS. It's almost like a monopoly, but not. I can see why Hackintoshing is becoming so popular yet reserved for the tech elite. I just came back from Best Buy and couldn't find anything to spend my money on. It was depressing. I was even contemplating the Microsoft Surface because a laptop and tablet for the price of a MBP seemed like good value IMO. Fifteen years ago I would have laughed at the idea of buying a Microsoft-made computer. What is the world coming to? Of course I'm exaggerating, but does anyone else feel similar?