Why you should never buy a Mac
Sometimes as long time Mac users we take for granted that most of us know to ALWAYS buy the base model Mac and do any and upgrades ourselves – In fact, if I could somehow have gotten “NEVER buy RAM from Apple” to fit cleverly on a license plate I would have. But Apple has a lot of new customers these days who may not be so savvy or willing to crack open their boxes to perform upgrades themselves, and I think even we as fanboys might have a little trouble arguing most of the points laid out here in this info graphic from TheNextWeb. (Click image to embiggen).
While I disagree with the final statements that Macs are difficult to upgrade (certainly the Mac Pro, listed above is a cake walk, although I admit certain models of Mac mini and iMacs have been a little tricky without the right tools… and while I’ve done a bunch of MacBooks over the years, I haven’t tried any of the new unibodies without removable batteries… so maybe he has a point here) I DO disagree that any Apple you buy will be obsolete “in a few years”. I have a 5 year old Mac mini and a 5 year old Mac Pro still going strong and running the latest Apple OS without a problem. I figure they both have another 2-3 years in them easy and 8 years is not unreasonable for a computer. In fact, I’ve yet to see a PC last that long, or at least that long without a LOT of grief, viruses, reinstalls etc.
Still the complaints about Apple price gouging for standard, off the shelf components is a valid one that is hard to defend. Honestly, they should probably just list the Mac Pro Chasis as a separate $1000 item, and then put the actual cost of the other components in. I think that would sit better with most people.