And so far it still is, but my question is with them locking down all their other lines, how long is that going to be the case.
Even though it was always against the EULA (even to run it as a VM as well) to do a Hackintosh, up until recently, Apple never really (as much as they could) put a stop to that. It's getting harder and harder and with them going M1, even more so.
I'm going to catch flack for this, but a lot more of Apple is that marketing gimmick then it used to be. It has become more of a fashion accessory then anything else now. That is my own opinion and it is from someone that has dealt with all 3 desktop OSs and dealt extensively with the 3 Unix-like OSs on mobile as well. Macs (Windows too) aren't what they used to be back in the heyday of desktop usage. Even Windows had more power to the user back in the 9x days compared to now (not talking necessarily raw computing power like processor and ram etc, but options and abilities with the end user, but audio actually was handled better back then on Windows then now, but I digress).
As to M chips, they are already partly there now. The "security" hardware feature that I alluded to in my previous post makes it easier to bypass the Intel chip and go M1 and this also blocks certain 3rd party (including you) attempted repairs/upgrades. The presence of this hardware alone is what dings it (in my mind) for fully upgradable.
IMO, i think the Mac Pros will stay true to itself. They copped a lot of backlash, professionals stopped using them etc. I believe the proper upgradable tower will stay.
Same goes with their monitors. Yes they are stupid expensive, but they are built for pros, Film ind, photography (high end) ind. etc. Same as the Ezio or even Asus pro art displays.
It seems operating systems are going in the directions of UX for the consumer, simplicity.. basically turn it on and use it. Im not against it. But i believe there still needs to be a middle ground for pros/businesses that need extended features.
Yes apple has gone more fashion accessory market, but in saying that.. their products are still very high quality, The iPhones are still brilliant, those airpods (all of them) are excellent, they don't make **** products.