I thought they made it pretty clear those were temporary loaner machines from the start. Not sure what the $500 was for - the honor and privilege? - but nobody was screwed. They probably should’ve just considered that $500 the cost of the machine and none of this has to be a thing. Maybe they just didn’t want those odd, customized(?) Macs out in the wild forever.
Disappointed? Yes. But that’s it. It’s just a PR response (otherwise their first action, a few days ago. would’ve been the one they just announced).
Some complained, they don’t want the PR black eye, Understandable.
“Throw them their $500 back - we can swing it - so we can all move on with our lives and get back to what Twitter is actually meant for: screaming about white people wearing dreadlocks and how many dicks does it take for a young lady to acquire a rose?”