It's probably a reflection of how a vertically integrated hardware maker prioritized things. But yes, with aftermarket SSDs a popular upgrade option for older MacBooks, Minis, and iMacs, this is welcome news.
Yeah, I don't lose any sleep over synthetic benchmarks that I don't care about in the first place. It's always been about user experience for me. To borrow a gaming analogy, would you rather play a shitty, annoying game that runs at 60fps or a far better game that runs at 30fps?