I don't want to divert the topic any further than it already has, but the big difference between Apple and PC isn't the hardware, but the OS. The fundamental issue with Windows is that because there's a near infinite number of hardware configurations, it has to constantly check for and update drivers to support them while maintaining backwards compatibility (and those instances where it inevitably fails leads to a lot of frustration). Apple has a limited number of fixed hardware configurations, which lets the OS run a lot leaner and smoother.
In terms of hardware, Apple actually has some genuinely terrible engineering (such as putting a cpu fan nowhere near the CPU
so that it thermal throttles under load while simultaneously revving the fans up to max). But if most users don't run their CPUs that hot, while they do notice how sleek and thin the computer is, who cares? A hardware nerd will notice that they've massively overpaid for hardware they don't need (and can't use in the first place due to the thermal issues), but the average light user only notices that they've gotten a super-slim laptop without the hassles of a Windows machine. Do Apple users care that their SSDs are soldered in and can't be upgraded? No, because they would never in a million years open up their Macbook to replace the drive in the first place, so the extra 1.5mm it saves in case thickness is a good tradeoff.
To give another example, the very first thing I will do with a new laptop is create a boot disk, format the hard drive, and perform a fresh install of Windows without all the OEM bloatware. The fact that this is even necessary tells you everything you need to know about the Windows experience. The fact that I still do it
tells you everything you need to know about the Apple experience. Incidentally, this is also why I'm not as negative about financial advisors as BHs - not everyone is a DIYer, nor should they be.
So, basically, I find myself agreeing with both of the seemingly contradictory statements that (1) Apple products are overpriced and overhyped, and (2) they are 100% worth the money. That's because the hardware is only overpriced to the people who would even notice the hardware in the first place; for everyone else, the user experience is good enough to justify the cost regardless of Apple's profit margin.
I think the market has segmented properly, and it's a waste of time to try and convert other people to your particular religion.