Apple has one of the most consistent fanbases in the world. Almost every product released by Apple eventually takes over the market for good. This is mainly due to the experience created by Apple, which depends on factors such as usability, luxury product feel, and social status associated with owning an Apple device.
But, regardless of Apple’s experience, if we look at them objectively, we can easily find good reasons (too expensive, poor repairability, and less functionality, to name a few) not to buy these products. . Here, we’ll list our top seven reasons to avoid buying Apple products.
1. The apple tax
“Apple tax” colloquially refers to the unreasonable markups that Apple charges on its products. This means that when a product costs Apple $400 to manufacture (end-to-end), it typically sells for $1,000 and up.
While sometimes the reasons why Apple products are so expensive can be justifiable, for the most part the Apple tax simply makes the products too expensive to buy. It’s not that the product (like the iPhone) is hard to buy, and the rest of the journey is easy, no. Apple also charges a steep premium for its accessories (like a charger for the iPhone).
Thus, each time you wish to purchase an accessory, you will have to pay the Apple tax hidden in the price of the accessory. One example is the USB-C to Lightning Cable, which costs $19.
2. Poor repairability
There are three sad things about the repairability of Apple products:
- The Apple tax does not only apply to accessories, but also to repairs.
- Users cannot have their products repaired anywhere other than by Apple-certified technicians who charge you Apple tax.
- Apple does not, in most cases, repair the damaged component (even if it could be repaired) and simply offers to replace it with a new one, which is, again, very expensive.
This poor repairability issue gave Apple a lot of heat and also became a huge right to repair debate. So if you are brave enough to buy an Apple product and the extra accessories and end up damaging it, you will have to spend a lot to restore it to its original condition.
3. Fewer features than the competition
Of course, with Apple there’s always hope for innovation – the dynamic island of the iPhone 14 Pro is a good example. But most of the features that have been in the market for a long time come very late to Apple products.
Here are some features commonly available on Android devices that Apple still hasn’t made available on its products:
- iPhone does not have in-screen fingerprint
- MacBooks don’t have a touchscreen
- iOS and iPadOS lack app cloning and multi-user support
And while the list of things you can do on Android but not on iPhones has gotten shorter over the years, if you want to take advantage of cutting-edge technology (say, a foldable screen), Apple products may not be. not be an ideal option.
4. Not as customizable
Another reason not to buy Apple products is that they are not as customizable (either by the manufacturer or the user) as their competitors’ products. For example, once you’ve purchased a Mac, you can’t open it up and swap out the hardware (like RAM or SSD) or send it back to Apple for an upgrade.
You can only make system configuration changes by buying it online from the Apple Store (like adding an extra 16GB of RAM for $400) — nothing after that.
Apple devices are made in such a way that you can’t upgrade them at all. With the introduction of Apple silicon on Macs, all chances for users are now reduced to nothing: RAM, storage, GPU and processor are all unified in a single chip.
Compare that to other products from manufacturers like Dell, HP, and ASUS, whose laptops can be opened from the bottom and popped in extra RAM.
5. Limited design options
That might sound like a bit of a stretch, but it’s true nonetheless: Android devices and Windows laptops come in all shapes and sizes, unlike Apple products. Tech makers usually target all different classes of society.
They release high-end flagships as well as budget ones, all with different designs and color choices. But Apple only releases a handful of devices each year, which too mostly have limited colors and design options, like keyboard lighting for laptops, screen types, chassis ( robust or simple), etc.
On the bright side, Apple products have the widest range of third-party accessories (like MacBook and iPhone cases) available. So you can always make design choices on your end – phew.
6. Not for gamers
This point only applies to Macs, as iPhones and iPads handle games effortlessly. For some reason, Apple doesn’t take gaming seriously, while its rival Microsoft encourages the production of games for Windows.
Recently, Apple has made some efforts, like Apple Arcade, but how effective will they be? Only time will tell. If you want to know more about that, we’ve explained why Apple doesn’t care about macOS games.
7. The walled garden
Last but not least: Apple’s ecosystem, aka the “walled garden”, is a reason to buy, but at the same time, stay away from Apple products.
Apple can lock you into its services and products with seamless connectivity features, enticing you to shell out more on its other products. If you’re a designer who uses a MacBook, you can’t help but buy an iPad just because they work so well together to help you with your work.
While this has its huge benefits, the problem comes into play when you want to use specialized third-party products (like a Wacom tablet, in the case of a designer) with Apple devices. Or when you need to work in a collaborative workspace with all sorts of devices.
The other side of the coin
Extremely high prices, lack of commonly available features, no gaming support, lack of design options, and a very exclusive ecosystem – Apple certainly has a lot of areas to work on to make its products more appealing to the masses.
But again, if we only consider the reasons not to buy these products, we will start to believe that this company is the root of all evil. However, the opposite of this statement may be true when you consider why Apple products are already selling so well.