I have not had as bad experience as you did but I fully agree that something is changing for bad at Apple. Several years ago I had a swelling battery on a post-waranty iphone. Went to the store expecting they’d charge me, but when they saw it, they instantly gave me a new phone. That new phone several years later developed the same exact thing — swelling battery. I went to the store, to find out they’d now charge me $80. I ended up replacing it myself for $15. I’m in the market for a new macbook pro, but I’ll be keeping my late 2013 for as long as I can. The dongle nonsense together with the price are not acceptable to me.