"I'm never sure if people buy Apple products because they want to be part of the group, or stand above it? Do people do it because they want to be part of the Apple club, or because they want to be the top of the Apple pile?"
Have you ever thought that people maybe buy Apple products because Apple products simply work and ever have all the annoying problems non-Apple products constantly have?
I'll tell you why I buy Apple products only: Because they work and will always work until the day I upgrade them. They have served me in a way no non-Apple product ever did. I don't care about Apple clubs, or Apple piles. My only interest is to have products that work without giving me constant problems. I love the design, the OS, the thought and detail put into them, which really shows when you know and have used the products, and everything about them. That's why I buy Apple products. I only regret I didn't start to do it before. I started buying Apple products when I got enough of wasting money on PCs and Windows.