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The price will drop, not by $500 but maybe by $200, when Apple finally drop what's left of the legacy discrete GPU -- either this year or next year -- from the MBP line.
By that logic, anyone who doesn't own their own supercomputer is not a power user.
No chance.  More likely integrated graphics only.
 Absolutely not.  That would have created confusion about which is the high-end machine: the 15" rMBP and the 17" cMBP as well as confusion about why there was no 17" rMBP.  From a marketing perspective, that would have been disastrous.  The recently introduced (or re-introduced) Retina MacBook is a perfect example.
That's not clear.  It seems that 17" MBP sales were satisfactory at the time of discontinuation.  The reason for the discontinuation is that in 2012 the cost of Retina 17" displays was unaffordable due to low yields.  Now 17" Retina displays are affordable making a 17" rMBP a realistic possibility.
The version of Skylake suitable for the 15" MBP is Skylake-H.  I haven't seen any rumors that suggest Skylake-H might ship before 2016, so any 15" MBP introduced at WWDC is virtually certain to have a Broadwell CPU. I will probably buy one.  I presently have no intention of waiting for Skylake, which is only a Tock. The idea that Skylake could 60% more energy efficient that Broadwell, both of which are built on the same 14nm process (the main determinant of energy...
Yes, inductive charging would have to be complemented by conventional charging via either Magsafe or USB-C because people presumably will not want to carry a charging pad while traveling.
Apple have enough market power to get the chips they want from Intel, whether or not they have been released to the market.  Apple have shipped unreleased (to the public) chips before. Yes, it means that we will not see Skylake MBPs until early-2016.
The extra cost of the discrete GPU is not justifiable for most power users, so Apple will eventually drop it.  That will bite for the few users who need maximum GPU performance at any cost, but will be great for the majority of power users who will be well served by Iris Pro 6200 graphics and save a few hundred dollars.
Yes, the banks are critical. Also more important than signing up retailers is expanding the customer base by ensuring that all new iPhones directly support Apple Pay (without assistance from an Apple Watch). I expect that by the end of 2015 Apple will not be selling any iPhone models that don't support Apple Pay.
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