I agree about the 5W, it's ridiculous. I purchased many years ago a few iPad charger blocks (12W), so I never had to bare with the godawful speed of the 5W. Fast charging is only possible with a usb-c to lightning cable and a 29W block, so I must wait until Anker finally release their cable to benefit from it. No way I'm ever buying an Apple cable again.
The cable in the box is the same junk, it will break apart after a few months of use, ergo all my cables are Anker. (although I may understand the motive, they avoid using some compound in the plastic to get a better Greenpeace rating, but what a tremendous waste)
Your disdain for Apple is very obvious, and I am the first one to give them flak whenever they deserve it: 5W charging block, junk cables, new MacBooks reliability, and there are many more. Their products are expensive too, and you need to spend more money to enjoy them thoroughly (Anker cable, bigger charging block, MacBook keyboard cover).
However, once that money is spent, you have in my opinion the best gear money can buy. Credit needs to be given where credit is due, and accusing them of putting old technologies only and always being behind the curve is just plainly wrong.
Just look at the silicon. They are years and years ahead.
They introduced, popularized and improved on countless of features that were never properly implemented before: just look at Touch ID. iPhone users enjoyed a proper and safe fingerprint system for about 2 years before the competition caught up. Same with Face ID now, the competition is nowhere nearby in terms of convenience and security. Who cares if they had to acquire companies in the process, it happens constantly in any industry. Implementation is what matters.
They had the best cameras for years, although now competition caught up and one year they will be marginally better, one year they will be marginally worse.
For years they used state of the art lcd panels in terms of color gamut, accuracy, etc.
And of course, absolutely nobody beats them in terms of long term support (who else still releases updates for a 2012 phone?), security, and overall package.
Credit where credit is due my friend!