I'm feeling increasingly pessimistic and gloomy about Apple lately, and it's not because of any issues I'm having with any of my Apple devices or services or bad customer service experiences or any of that. I actually love my Apple stuff. My wife and I both love our iPhones and iPads to death. My son loves his iPod Touch. Our Apple TVs are used daily and we love those too. My Apple Watch was one of the key factors and motivators in me finally getting to a healthy weight for my age and height, and now my wife has one of those too and is loving it. So you catch my drift. We are happy Apple users. We rarely have any issues, and when we do, we feel like Apple is always there to help. My problem is that the anti-Apple sentiment among the loudmouth tech bloggers, Wall Street analysts, and forum trolls is really starting to get to me. I used to be able to shrug it off as click bait and attention mongering, but I'm unable to do that any more. I'm really and truly starting to feel like for all the good Apple does in tech, Wall Street and tech writers have finally succeeded, and the process of tearing the company down for good has finally begun. I've weathered periods like this before because they felt like hyperbole. This time it feels like it's the real deal. Several years ago, I kicked Microsoft products out of my home for good--after decades of being a Microsoft user, I was fed up. I'm still forced to use their stuff for work, and I still hate most of it. As far as Android goes, it didn't take me very long to realize that I am NOT cool with the way Google treats my user data, and I will never move to Android by choice either. But the fact that I feel like I probably WILL have to move back to one of those companies in the near future is actually lessening the enjoyment I'm getting out of my current devices. I used to look forward to curling up in bed with my iPad at the end of a long day, and I just don't anymore. Now when I use my iPad, I feel like its days are numbered. It's easy to read this and say, "Well jeez, it's just a bunch of gadgets. Get over it." To me, it's not about that. It's about how our entertainment, communication, and productivity is completely tied into our lives through Apple's ecosystem, and that ecosystem has done so many amazing things for us over the years. I feel like it's all coming to an end, and the thought of having to switch to something else makes me incredibly sad, as I am not usually a believer in the "Apple is doomed" mantra. Apple has done nothing but amaze me and improve my life ever since I bought my first iPhone. Right now it feels like the end of an era.