O_o Unless I've looked at the scraping-of-the-barrel-bottom end of devices, I haven't come across anything in last few years that doesn't have an HDMI port.... but regardless.
Yes, I agree that it makes perfect sense to sit down at your desk, plug in one cable, and boom, there you go. And being able to do that without relying on one of the bajillion proprietary connectors that dell, lenovo, etc, have, is wonderful. So I'm not sure we're actually disagreeing at all.
My primary beef is that Apple *already* has a line of slimline laptops. In fact, they have *two*. Macbook, and Macbook Air. They are fine, high quality machines that suit the majority of people's needs.
Macbook Pro meanwhile has been a hard core machine for people who need extra capabilities/flexibility. And yet Apple insists on turning that into a clone of two product lines that they already have. People for whom wifi isn't good enough. Who's photo collections measure in gigabytes per shoot. Who routinely need a high-powered mobile workhorse. These kind of people need the kind of flexibility that previous generation MBPs delivered. Flexibility has been (within reason) the name of the game since day 1. But in the last few years it's been getting locked down more and more to the point where it's basically a toaster with a pretty screen.
I'm still using my 2011 MBP because:
-It has an ethernet port
-I was able to upgrade the ram myself to 16GB
-I was able to replace the HD with a 1TB SSD.
Yes, having to have a bunch of video dongles was annoying, but the overall package was so good that the dongles were only a minor ding.
There's no way I could have afforded a MBP with these specs at the time I bought it. If I spec'ed out the current gen MBP to what I believe would satisfy my needs for the next several years, I'm looking at a *minimum* of $4000, and even then it still isn't good enough cause, like you pointed out, it maxes out at 16GB. That's just flat out, unadulterated bullshit.
And this is why I'm pissed off to hell, and why I feel (if I were being completely honest) betrayed. I've been using Apple for over a decade now, and now Apple is so clearly and unequivocally taking the piss out of their customers that I now being forced to reconsider my computing needs. Do I want to go into debt just to buy a new computer that won't even fulfill my needs now, let alone 3 years from now, or do I want to go back to Microsoft and let them forcibly take away all control of my machine to the point where I may not even have a working computer from one day to the next cause they f__ked up yet another update.
I would move to Linux, but the linux software ecosystem is just not fit for desktop use and it looks like it never will be. LibreOffice, despite it's recent improvements, still has some shocking gaps. Linux doesn't have one single email client that has the polish of even an average-level Windows or Mac client. (Even Evolution, which is supposedly the best there is, is basically a clusterf__k unless you connect it to exchange.)