A few weeks ago, I bought my first Apple computer.
And I’ve been using it every day ever since.
I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about it now.
This week, I’ve bought another.
This time, I’ll probably never use it again.
But it’s the first time I’ve ever paid a full price for something I’ve only used a few times.
And, to make matters worse, it’s probably the first I’ll ever have to pay full price again.
When I bought this computer, it had a built-in display.
When it came time to upgrade to a second one, I had to buy the entire new computer for the cost of a single piece of hardware.
I bought a Mac Pro for $1,800 back in 2005, but I still used it only once or twice a year.
I had an iPad Mini when it came out, but that was back in 2014.
And I never actually owned a laptop.
I’ve never used one in almost 20 years.
So why am I still buying Macs and iPads?
Well, Apple has had a habit of keeping its new products out of the hands of anyone younger than the age of 25.
To that end, it made it a policy to exclude all new models from sale in the United States.
In 2014, it stopped doing that, but in 2016, it decided to reverse that decision.
And last week, it announced that it would allow people to purchase new Macs from any age in the US for the price of a new iPad.
If you are a young, low-income or disabled person, or someone with limited savings, the idea of paying full price is tempting.
But as we’ve seen, that’s not the case.
I used to buy Apple computers for $60 or $70 when they were first released, and I still use them every day.
The biggest reason for my continued purchase of Apple hardware is that I’ve grown up with Apple computers.
I grew up with the iPhone and the iPad.
I’m not going to let Apple make me buy anything else.
I have to use the latest technology, and that means I need to pay for it.
And it means I have more of a financial incentive to buy it.
So far, I have not paid full price.
I still have a few dollars left over from my last Mac purchase.
That’s why I’m willing to spend the extra cash on a new Mac.
And that’s why, when Apple starts selling new Mac computers in the next few months, I won’t have to do the same thing.