Apple\u2019s recent attitude and behavior toward its Mac computers has not created confidence among Mac users. The Mac has more or less become a third wheel behind the iPhone and iPad, and the company\u2019s heart has clearly not been in improving its Macs.\nThe Mac Pro, for example, has not been updated since 2013. The Mac mini has also been languishing, and even the venerable iMac is in need of a hardware refresh.\nThe end result of this is that Mac users have been left wondering if Apple even cares much about the Mac at this point, given how the iPhone is now the company's big money maker.\nOne writer at PCWorld has finally decided to dump his Mac and take the plunge into Windows PCs. He shared his thoughts in the first article of a series on why he is leaving the Mac behind.\nSeamus Bellamy reports for PCWorld:\n\nMy beef with Apple is the lack of polish I\u2019ve been seeing in the software over the past few years (don\u2019t get me started on the state of iTunes), and the amount of trouble I\u2019ve had personally with the hardware since investing $2,700 for my current laptop. My workflow has been plagued by graphical glitches, slowdowns, and occasional refusal on the part of my ports to recognize external storage media. At times, my MacBook Pro has outright refused to boot. Heck, I couldn\u2019t get it to format an SD card if my life depended on it. Reinstalling MacOS has done nothing to sort out these issues, nor has restoring my system from a Time Machine backup.\nHaving paid extra for AppleCare, I\u2019ve taken in my MacBook Pro several times to be serviced. A few months ago, an Apple tech replaced the entire bottom half of my computer with a new one\u2014it cost less than hunting down an issue with the laptop\u2019s logic board, I was told. And yet, the thing still refuses to fulfill Apple\u2019s promise of \u2018it just works.\u2019\nThe experience has left me frustrated enough to be willing to step into the unknown and see how the other side lives. It\u2019s a sentiment echoed by a lot of folks online of late, amid concerns that Apple, as a company, has lost its way.\nApple once catered to creatives\u2014hardcore power users in film and music production, desktop publishing, and other artistic endeavors. They valued the company\u2019s hardware for its performance and ease of use. But the last update to the company\u2019s iconic Mac Pro desktop was years ago. The company\u2019s MacBook Pro laptop line saw years of underwhelming incremental updates before being given a serious overhaul a few months ago.\nMore at PCWorld\n\nI can understand where Seamus is coming from here, I used to be a big fan of Apple\u2019s Mac computers. But when my current iMac has run its course, I\u2019ll be looking at building or buying a non-Apple computer for the first time in many years.\nFor me Apple\u2019s computers have become too expensive and provide too little in return for the price. I can build or buy a computer with much more power for a heck of a lot less money than what Apple charges. I'm sick of Apple including sub-par mobile GPUs in the iMac so they can shave another millimeter of thickness off and claim it's an amazing innovation.\nI\u2019m also tired of wondering when or even if Apple will deign to update the Mac. Say what you will about other computer vendors, you usually don\u2019t have to worry that they will go years between hardware updates. Apple, on the other hand, has made it clear that concerned Mac users can go pound sand in terms of knowing when to expect Mac updates.\nIt\u2019s really a mark of Apple\u2019s arrogance that they think they can blow off Mac users like this and expect us to blindly stick around, waiting to pay premium prices for sub-par hardware as long as it has an Apple logo on it.\nSo I don\u2019t blame Seamus at all for wanting to get off the Mac train. He is one of many of us who are just flat out sick and tired of Apple\u2019s attitude toward the Mac and its users. Some of us have had enough and we simply aren\u2019t willing to sit around and hope that Apple is doing something significant to improve the Mac\u2019s hardware and software.\nThe really dangerous thing for Apple though is that once somebody dumps their Mac, it becomes much easier to also get rid of their iPad and iPhone. It\u2019s the halo effect in reverse, once you dump one Apple product, it gets easier and easier to dump the rest of them too.\nBut is anybody listening at Apple? I doubt it. The company just came off a record quarter thanks to iPhone sales, and Apple\u2019s stock is flying high as I write this post. Everything is golden for the guys in Cupertino and there\u2019s nothing to worry about, right? What could go wrong given how much money Apple has and how well they are doing right now?\nThe danger to Apple is out there, quietly beginning in the background. Mac users abandoning the platform are a harbinger of things to come and are like the \u201cfalling of small stones that starts an avalanche\u201d (to quote a certain wizard in the second Lord of the Rings film).\nWhen the avalanche finally hits Apple, it's going to be very ugly indeed.\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.