It didn't used to be that way. Apple has charged more than competitors for a long time, but it used to provide better products, too. I bought my first MacBook 12 years ago, back when macOS used to be called OS X. It was going to go with me to college, and after using a Windows desktop for 5 years prior, there was a bit of a learning curve, but after a few days I was up to speed. That MacBook lasted me 7 years! And it died because I spilled juice all over it. It had a few minor issues, like some of the plastic casing had started to crack, and the CPU would struggle with some videos, but it was basically fine. I know a guy still using one of those 2007 Apple MacBooks in 2019, if you can believe it. It's half-dead now, but still kicking.