1) How often you do you see people using digital cameras instead of phone cameras? Enough that every computer needs to accommodate them?
No. Not every computer. Just the top of the line pro series.
2) Every camera over $200 will have Wi-Fi, and it's been that way for years now. It's very easy/automatic to use. Every DSLR has WiFi, even the cheap ones.
Yes. But who gives a shit? I don't want to take 2 hours transferring photos via an adhoc wifi network, using a system that ties up my camera while it's happening. Popping out a card, popping in a new one, and carrying on.
3) Low end p&s cameras have sensors barely any larger than a smartphone. Regardless of their merits, though, empirically people have transitioned away.
True. Not sure what your argument here is though.
4) By that reasoning, why did they get rid of the VGA port, or the DVD drive? Having little-used ports be available as a cheap dongle seems like an intelligent compromise.
The DVD drive is quite fragile, has a lot of moving parts, and takes up a lot of space. An external USB drive is a reasonably sensible compromise for those people who still need it. The SD card reader is a tiny slot that a lot of macbook pro owners aren't even aware of. It's ridiculous to compare it to a DVD drive.
As for the VGA port... what is your argument? A laptop is more useful if it has common display ports. Period. There are quite a few of them and it's reasonable to support only the most common, most universal -- so an argument can be made for VGA -- a lot of people would still find that useful. Nevertheless, VGA is a fading fast and in 2017 it should have HDMI. It's reasonable to need an adapter for VGA but its ridiculous to need an adapter for HDMI.
5) Micro-SD cards are sometimes used for phones, and this makes them more popular than SD cards.
The cool think about micro SD is that they work with SD adapter trays. If all need is microsd, you can leave the adapter tray in the slot. If you want to make the argument that it would be handy for a pro series laptop to have a microsd card slot TOO... then sure, I agree.
My wife has the pro and it's awesome. I agree that they should have had a USB 3.0, but really it doesn't get in the way of her work
I have the previous generation pro. And I find the lack of gigabit ethernet idiotic; and I hate carrying around a stupid dongle for it. But otherwise i like it.
I also have the generation before that, and it is getting dated now in terms of performance. But it was basically perfect -- and the only reason my kids are still using it is that with the replacement battery, SSD and RAM upgrade it's still got enough oomph to be useful. But that is all over now with the new unit... your wife certainly won't be breathing any extra life into her new pro with any upgrades down the road.
And what else does the he new one do? Still no ethernet. No HDMI. No magsafe. No SDCard. No escape key. No USB ports. We get USB-C which is cool and will be increasingly useful in the future and every laptop you buy today should have a one or even two, but like most of us I live in the present, where the lack of the other ports is a pretty big deal.
The new macbook pro, as I've said before, is a terrific update to the macbook air line. I'm glad your wife likes hers and I can understand why. It's a fine laptop if you wanted a newer better faster macbook air.
But its a gimped piece of crap with extremely limited options if you wanted a pro laptop.