Nearly everything about my Mac experience is wonderful. macOS is, in my experience, far superior to the alternatives for my needs. My new iMac is big, beautiful, and a joy to both look at and use.
My 2016 MacBook Pro is solid, svelte, gorgeous, and tight. I've never used a nicer trackpad. The screen is bright, crisp, and clear.
In fact, the only real complaints I have are with a few things I don't love about the MBP.
- Not having a single non-USB-C port is still a pain, and will remain so until every device I own uses USB-C. Someday this may be a non-issue, but right now it kind of sucks.
- I never use the Touch Bar, so would much rather have real Function keys
- The keyboard, even when it works, is the most annoying thing that I touch all day. I really, really hate using it.
So basically, other than the MBP keyboard, the overall experience is fantastic.
Why then do I hedge my bets with Apple?
I shy away from going all-in with macOS-only apps because WHAT IF?!. I use Firefox instead of Safari because it's synced across platforms. I edit plain text files stored in Dropbox using Emacs. I read reviews of Dell XPS 13 and ThinkPad Carbon notebooks because the hardware (aka keyboard) is so nice. I dual-boot Windows and Linux on an old ThinkPad as a way to practice, just in case something happens.
What else concerns me?
- Apple hardware has been becoming progressively less interesting to me, and other manufacturers have pretty much caught up. Hardware is no longer a reason I use a Mac.
- Apple software and OS updates have continued to introduce changes that make the OS more, not less, locked down. Makes me nervous.
- Apple hasn't been focused on the Mac in years. Their new focus on services could make that even worse.
- Marzipan (or whatever) could dumb down macOS even more. I worry about that.
These concerns add up, and point in a direction that worries me.
None of these things will matter to the majority of Mac users. They matter to me, though, so I worry a little.