I am not sure this is the right forum to post this, so Mods, if there is a better place for this, just feel free to move it. The title of the article says it all, but I would like to post why I am leaving the Apple ecosystem. Please note that this is not a rant and it is not supposed to be provocative in any way. It just describes my personal situation and views regarding technology. It might reflect on others too, but it might also not. Everybody is different and has different views and opinions, which are of course respected. Please excuse the length of this post, but since this is going to be my (for the time being at least) last thread I create on this forum, please bare with me. Thank you. First, some things about my background. My first computer was an Amstrad 6128, but I quickly moved to the Amiga platform. I was in love with the Amiga, and its capabilities. After the death of the Amiga it was a sad time for me in technology, but I ended up going to Microsoft. I also started working as an IT Professional, specializing in Security, Identity Management, Collaboration and Messaging, with a deep focus in Microsoft products and technologies. In those years I didn't have any connection to Apple and the Apple ecosystem. I was also working for Microsoft as a Technology Specialist.. Around 2006 I was worried about the direction that Microsoft was taking under Steve Ballmer. Windows Vista was a major misstep and it made me look for the first time to Apple. I was impressed by Steve Jobs and its convincing, charismatic personality. I was impressed and convinced by his vision of computing. Designing high quality products that just work, that are easily accesible by everyone, but also satisfy the demands of power users and professionals. I bought into the Apple ecosystem. I bought Macbooks, iMacs, Macbook Airs, Mac Pros. I think that the only thing I didn't buy was a Mac Mini. in 2007 the iPhone came and I was ecstatic. I was very deep into the ecosystem, buying everything I could. On a professional level I had to work with Microsoft products, but privately I was full Apple. When Steve died, I cried like a baby. I felt that a part of me was gone. He was a great personality and he is still greatly missed. Despite Steve's death I continued using Apple products. I believed that Tim Cook was doing everything right. I knew that Tim will never replace Steve completely. Noone can! The last years a feeling started growing in me, that Apple is complacent. I also saw a clear direction towards consumer products only and I did not like that. Aperture was discontinued (which I really loved), and the worst for me was that OS X (or macOS) got worse over time. I had the feeling that Apple is not focusing on its roots. Apple was focusing on areas where the most money are, something that I understand but do not like. On the other side, iOS became stale, or to put it differently, it didn't develop like I would like. I felt that Android (not all incarnations of Android though), were better suited for me. iOS became boring (for me). Especially I was disappointed to see other OEMs making better hardware than Apple. HTC and even Samsung (which I really do not like) caught up. Apple was not alone. Microsoft changed too. Windows 7 was a very good OS, followed by the disaster of Windows 8. Windows 10 is a great OS and I am sure that the next versions will be even better. Why I am so sure? Because Microsoft has changed its leadership, and it shows in its products. The Surface, the Surface Book and the Surface Studio are great products at least on par with Apple's offerings. Add to that my affinity to Microsoft in the enterprise field, and the feeling that I should return to Microsoft grew even more stronger. Going back to Apple, I see a lot of missteps that make me think that the direction Apple is taking is not what I want from technology. Apple is not innovating as fast as other companies do. Google is (for me) better in cloud services. Microsoft has a more versatile OS and ecosystem. Both Google and Microsoft are creating premium products and are of course asking a premium price for them (which I do not mind - I am used from Apple...) What are the major missteps that made me decide to leave Apple? Apple is increasingly ignoring power users. Look at Aperture, look at how Final Cut Pro developed. macOS has become almost like iOS..The Mac Pro hasn't been updated for three years! Apple is showing little innovation. I am sorry Apple Watch users. I understand you might like the Apple Watch, but for me this is not innovation.. It is a products that answers problems that do not exist. Apart from that I do not see what Apple is doing that is so innovative. I doubt that Apple has the right people to continue innovating. I lost faith. The last Macbook Pro refresh. I believe that the Touch Bar is nice, but it would be better to have laptops with touch screens. The argument that it is not productive to work with touch screens on a Mac because of the verticality of the display, is for me not valid. There are many examples that show that it can work very well. My wife every time she uses my Macbook Pro, tries to scroll by touching the screen This shows how people that are not technology experts think about simple things. Microsoft was right. The Windows 8 implementation was a disaster, but with Windows 10 they corrected a lot of their missteps. I believe that Microsoft is on the right track here (but not 100% there yet). The latest Macbook Pro (take 2): Why no SD card? Why the need for so many dongles? I understand forward thinking and I am all for it, but why on earth not at least include some of the most important dongles in the Macbook Pro package? The last iPhones: Design wise no changes (still a great phone), but without a headphone jack (yes, I know it had to go and eventually it will go). I believe it should be replaced by a better technology. Apple didn't present a better technology (yet). If they did that, then I would be all for it. In the meantime I enjoy high res sound on my HTC 10. If Apple was serious about it, they would get rid of the headphone jack from all new products. macOS Sierra: I see zero differences to the previous version. Zero. macOS Apps: For years I have experience how bad the underpinnings of some apps are (especially Mail, iCal and contacts). Apple has changed nothing in the last ten years in the way these apps work (in the background, not end user features). I see no improvements whatsoever. Now, add my affinity to Microsoft on top of that and the direction Microsoft has taken in the last 2-3 years, and you might understand why I feel like that. Today I placed an order for a Surface Book i7 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM. An expensive laptop, maybe more expensive than a Macbook Pro. It is not about the price. I just have the strong feeling that it is time to go back to my roots, to Microsoft. Microsoft has corrected its big missteps and has brought great products on the market. I wish Apple a lot of success. I wish they prove me wrong. I hope they change their direction and correct their missteps too. When they do that, then I might come back. In the meantime I will give Microsoft another chance. They deserve it. On the services front I am using Google and I am impressed by them. I have been a member of this site for many years, and I have spent many hours here in the forums. I am a bit sad that I am leaving the Apple ecosystem. Who knows, maybe sometime in the future I will be back. Please do not start insulting posts. I would like to have a good discussion about the points I mentioned. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Please do that respectfully. Thank you.