Two points to make regarding recent comments:
As for criticizing the older MacBook Airs, I was able to buy a brand new 11” MacBook Air in 2018 from B&H for $850. Also bought AppleCare+. It has a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 8 gbs of Ram and a 500 gb ssd. Yes, no retina screen but my 80-year old eyes can’t tell the difference. It does have 2 USB A ports, a Thunderbolt 2 port and a mag-safe connector! I connect it to a 21” monitor and it becomes a great desktop machine. I love the form factor and the portability!
This machine will serve my needs for many years to come. Hopefully Apple will figure out its laptop future by then.
I share your concern about Apple price increases, but then I take a look at other prices and become less outraged. For example,
a dental root canal can cost $2000+
a dental implant can cost $2000+ and then you need a crown which can cost $2100+
good hearing aids cost $4000+
None of these gives me the satisfaction I get from Apple products!