I’ve been using Apple products since the introduction of the SE30. I’m still chugging along with with a 14+ year old MacBook Pro that hasn’t seen an update in years, and I have never felt this way. Like age and death, there comes a time when hardware that runs faster and better, and screens have better display. Consumers and businesses stream more content, software advances in quicker time frames, services move into the cloud, etc.
Apple is primarily in the hardware business and does not license Mac OS or iOS; the company almost died the few years they did. Microsoft and Google are dependent on hardware manufacturers. And one of the biggest justifications for consumers and businesses to purchase hardware that runs Windows or Android is price. MS and Google each have a load of manufacturers to keep happy, and billions and billions of buyers who have no need or desire to use any advanced features. They can’t afford to piss the hardware manufacturers off even the slightest bit. And Android and Windows users are notorious for not upgrading to the latest versions.
People buy Apple’s premium priced products because they are the fastest, slimmest, most powerful and advanced hardware with beautiful displays. The super advanced software Apple releases works beautifully (almost always) on the super advanced hardware they sell. Advanced software often won’t run on older models. So I’m not whining that they won’t run on my Mac that belongs on Antiques Roadshow. I’m happy it lasted as long as it has, and I’ll only be upgrading when the new models are released because the trackpad is about to explode.
Google developed Pixel phones to showcase the latest Android technology because manufacturers weren’t building phones to support it, and they need to create consumer demand. But Pixels’ sales aren’t even negligible, and Samsung, etc. making much, if any, profit on the high end Androids.