First time in a while that I've seen a UID argument that low=old and outdated.
So, since we've clearly moved past ad hominem...
1. Every Goddamn Day. 'Real' photographers like 'real' cameras, even when on the move. The best camera may be the one you have on you at the time, but there's a reason people who do this for a living are still toting around dedicated, decent cameras. Hell, even the in-the-field types will apologize for shitty phone uploads. And no, not every computer needs to accommodate the workflow - but if Apple has decided that Photogs belong in the pile with the other professionals they've abandoned in the last half decade, they only group remaining to justify their shitty hardware is 'brand-obsessed hipsters.'
2. WiFi for heavy photography is shit to use. It's shit to set up, it's slow when you move any kind of RAW data, and god forbid you are working in a radio-noisy space. Look, I get it, your wifey likes to use her crappy point and shoot and pretend she's a real artist. Ask the people who are moving Gigs of data every few minutes how well it holds up. It's a toy feature - you don't even need to be a artist to know that. Ask a Engineer how well WiFi storage holds up under any kind of load.
3. Yes, the garbage-class P&S have tiny sensors. They are comparable to decent smartphones. They really don't have merits outside of learning basic photography, as you can get substantially better image quality with a marginal increase in price. What relevance does that have for this discussion?
4. I love it when Apple apologists talk about getting rid of neigh-obsolete-in-the-consumer-space technology (Optical drives, old video interfaces) as a justification for taking out shit people use every. single. day. Yeah, killing the floppy and getting rid of a 100-year old standard analog audio interface are totally the same thing.
5. The issue isn't which is more 'popular' - it's which is more *used.* Millions of MicroSD cards will sit in those phones and never be touched or thought of - they might as well be soldered into the board. While I suspect that most camera cards will actually be used as removable media, and will require an interface to get the data out of them.
Again, I don't think that Apple actually needs to support powerusers. It's way more profitable to sell incrimental, locked-in hardware to gullible idiots who garner fleeting moments of happiness by being 'superior' to people that don't use a shitty fruit computer. Apple legitimately swayed me for a few years, and I respected them as a technology company, but damn near every decision they've made recently is laser targeted at profit over quality. They just don't offer a compelling product anymore to many of the people I know personally that have defended them for decades.