I agree with you in that there are no other laptops that offer that level of portability and battery life. My complaint is that these benefits do not justify the huge price premium that is now more obvious than ever. You can get these components in laptops that cost half as much. Is the design, build quality and battery life worth double in parts and research? I don't think so.
The impressive profit margins Apple is very proud of only prove that the extra we pay is not going towards better components or R&D, it's going into their pocket. I have gotten quite attached to OSX in the two years that I've had my MacBook Pro so I think I'm just gonna have to grin and bear it.
No Core i5 processors for the 13"
Yes it is feasible to get a discrete GPU in tandem with an i5/7. HP, Dell, Toshiba and Asus can do it, so can Apple.
Sub-par GPU in the 15 and 17"
Yes, not surprising but disappointing all the same.
No USB 3.0
Yes, FW800 is decent and I'm a happy user right now. But when you pay so much you expect to have something to show for it. USB3.0 might not have many supported devices now but it will in future. Where would be now if nobody decided to adopt USB2.0 at the beginning? The tech world is not going to stand still for Apple. I am guessing that Apple is holding out for Lightpeak, at least we have to something to look forward to as it seems promising.
No higher res screen as standard
I would prefer to have the option as well but if you're going to put a screen that is below average (resolution and price), charge less for it.
It's not obsolete yet and I don't think anyone can reliably predict it's obsolescence now. As long as I can buy Blu-Rays, I would want to be able to play them on my computer. Other laptops provide this functionality, why can't the laptop that costs twice as much. It all goes back to price, if I am going to be getting a laptop with reduced functionality, I don't want to pay more for it.