I'm pretty much the opposite of a conspiracy theorist, so I don't tend to read into things just because I am angry. As far as my phone goes I recently switched to an Android device (Note 3). I just wanted something a little more customizable in the device I carry everywhere and I actually like it. It's something a little different, there are things I miss but the big screen makes up for it.
That said, I still have an ipad and mackbook pro and will never leave the apple platform for the things I use those devices for. Why? because they work and they last. People go on about the cost of Apple devices, but do they really cost more? When I was using PC computers I had to get a new one every two years, and during that time I would have to reformat and reinstall the OS a couple of times because it just gets so bogged down, what a PITA. I bought an imac (my first foray into the apple world) in 2007 and my MacBook pro in 2011 both still working as well today as the day I bought them. So in the end did I over spend? I buy one MacBook Pro as opposed to 2 or 3 other crappy notebooks. And in the meantime I have a much better user experience.
Ultimately I don't think it's a back door deal with Apple that is going on and I don't think it's got anything to do with Line 6 going out of their way to alienate potential or existing customers. I think it's simply that they want this stuff to work as advertised and they feel confident that it will with a company where the hardware and software is made by the same company. It's really that simple.
I don't consider myself an elitist and considering the above points I don't think Apple devices are overpriced. And I don't think Apple is trying to sucker people in or use mind control or any of those things. They just make stuff that works and some people like that and are willing to pay for it. Computer based devices are fickle and prone to problems so Apple makes closed platform devices because that gives them the best chance at rolling out consistent problem free products. You seldom see people going from Apple back to PC. I took the chance with the Note 3 because at the end of the day I tend to change my phone every 2 - 3 years anyway, so what's the risk?