Jack on why Apple occupies the expensive side of the product spectrum:
Apple’s products are priced higher because customers get more.
More? How so?
Apple can charge a higher price tag because customers get more for the money, including the much maligned ecosystem (sometimes referred to as the Walled Garden) which includes software, iCloud backup and sync, easy to install security and performance upgrades, telephone support that actually works, not to mention more than 500 retail stores which have an actual human to provide support.
Somebody has to pay the freight.