Because the 15" model offers more; but it also costs (much) more. All you have to do is your own research on what the market offers to satisfy your needs and just ignore comments like that calling you stupid or whatever.
I have not used one of the core i5-i7 models, but the core 2 duo 27" (previous generation I think) I have seen and used a little in a shop was fabulous to say the least. With this display, a quad core-i7 chip, 8GB RAM at least and SSD+HD combination it would be a dream machine for me. And for you I suppose. I usually buy the (near the) top model each time to last me many years.
I think the optical drive will be removed much sooner. I see the Macbook Air as a testing ground for several things, one of which would be the lack of an optical drive. Apple sells already a slim external one.
Use of optical drives continues to decline. The Macbook Pro has already an SD slot, although the media is not that cheap yet. At some point in the next 2-3 years, Apple will need to free up room either for more storage or for more processing power. And with...
What do you mean when you say "remove"? Something like "completely detach"? If yes, it would need a separate processor, storage and battery. Would not all this make a more bulky display, especially the battery part?
The last time I can remember Apple did something modular in the portable line was back in 1998-1999 with the Wallstreet-Lombard Powerbooks. They had the expansion bays to host anything from a battery, floppy, Zip, optical or hard disk drive. Great although...
This implies that people have the choice to go for more interesting service/price ratio but they don't because of their ...hmm... stupidity. But from a previous post it seems that this is just not possible in the US. Is it or not finally?
It is normal. Apple moved the focus from Mac OS X and computers to iOS and iThings. Mac OS X is already a very mature OS although there is always room for improvement and innovation. Macintosh hardware became more mainstream after the Intel transition. All these are probably good moves for a successful company plan in the long term, but somehow the traditional momentum and enthusiasm is being lost.
Indeed, those were the days. The helianthus iMac hint on Apple's own pages was something without precedent.
Now that nostalgia kicks in, I remember also the iMac G5 elevator pictures and the Apple's own leak just two or three days before the introduction of the Power Mac G5 back in 2003. What a frenzy in the forums after the desperate years with the G4!
At some point Apple dropped the word "computer" from its corporate name. This was a clear sign for things to come and, I...