I think you miss the point of apple...... i think the notebooks they offer are fantastic and although more expensive, keep their value and are more stable. I mean you dont moan that a mercedes brand new is more expensive than a ford, even though they essentially do the same thing. also what features are a generation back?
apples pros are:-
strong stable reliable hardware and software with great customer services, when i phoned the uk helpline i got through to the us with a guy speaking clear english and was very helpful.
compared to ms's helpline where i got through to a guy in india struggling to speak english and was just reading off of a screen.
become an apple user before slating the systems! i have to use both MS and Apple and can say that i think that apple are a better overall offering