I assume they would point to the complications inherent in producing such thin and light technology, but it comes as no surprise that Apple’s tech is all moving in favor of being locked down such that they can be the only service provider.
As frustrating as it is to me (I’ve upgraded almost every computer I’ve ever owned), it makes a lot of sense from a business perspective. Buyers can vote with their dollars, as Kyle Wiens is urging us to do, but the reality is that the cult of Mac holds a lot of sway, and engaging with a top tier brand is often more like joining a club than buying a product. The purchase price is just the price of admission, and repairs are your dues down the line. It’s just like buying a Mercedes or BMW, both brands having eschewed interchangeable auto parts in favor of more expensive proprietary ones, simply because they can.