The Apple II was a lot of people's first real computer, (no offense C64 and Atari 8bit), so a lot of tech journalists have a long history with Apple. Steve Wozniak was a genious and that's why the Apple 2 lasted so long on the market. Steve Jobs on the other hand likes to think of himself as an artist and to his credit he knows when something looks good and works well. The iPod and iMac lines are quality products and Steve Jobs is good at hiring the right people to make and sell them. It's too bad that Woz isn't with Apple anymore. If he was Apple products would probably all be more open archetecture like the Apple 2 was.
As for Apple fanboys/Mac-Aaddicts. It's like a hive mind or a cult. They all feel supperiour like they know something we don't. As if owning a more expensive computer with an Apple logo on it means your smarter than a guy who built his PC from the best parts he could afford. I swear sometimes Apple fanboys act like they'd buy anything Steve Jobs tells them too. They'd buy a bottle of Steve Jobs farts if it had the Apple logo on it.
My cell phone doesn't have internet. My MP3 player doesn't have and "i" on it, but it does have FM radio and a mic for recording notes. I built my PC, but I have a Mac Mini I haven't used since college.
Maybe the tech media industry are Mac fans or maybe they have fond memories of the Apple II. Maybe they just like shiny things with touch screens that let you zoom in on pictures. I don't know. Apple products are quality, but they are often not the best choice and are almost always overpriced. Do you really need a computer in your phone? Probably not. Was the iPhone the first smart phone? No. Is it the best? Probably not. Does it matter if people like it and it pushes the competition? Nope, that's capitalism.