Bravo. This is exactly what I have been thinking. I’ve been an Apple Fan boy for a long time but now my faith is being shaken. All of the factors you mention are reasons why.
The only thing you did not mention is that on the same day, Microsoft announced their new Surface laptops. I’ve traditionally disliked Microsoft products (for many reasons), but there is a distinct change in their products and product strategy. I plan to visit the Microsoft store in a nearby Mall to check out the Surface.
Maybe it IS time to at least take another look at alternatives to Apple.