Still no essential screen resolution upgrade, but still the least worst laptop out there?
The right size/weight for a laptop that you intend to be carrying around with you (backpack on your person, rather than the boot of a PowerPoint-pusher's car; eg, for conference or train use, where portability and battery longevity are essential) is about the size of a sheet of A4, and Apple are one of the very few mainstream manufacturers to offer such a product (several, in fact, if you include the MacBook Airs).
But go into any shop and yet for some reason the shelves are filled with lumpen size-15 craptops which despite their increased size almost all manage to offer even worse screen resolution, almost non-existent battery life, no Bluetooth (do Windows users not have mobile phones?), and horrid knock-offs of the MacBook "liquorice allsort" keyboard (which I'm not very keen on myself, but at least Apple's does have solidity and works well for speed typing, unlike the horribly squishy knock-offs).
And that's another thing that Apple offers (which I've not seen from any other manufacturer), the choice of a decent keyboard layout: a left-shift key that hasn't been tortured and stunted (did nobody stop to think that most people have their right hand on a mouse (when using a desktop) and therefore right-shift is the lesser used?), and your programmers' symbols in the right - and logical (eg, ' and ") - places, unlike the embarrassingly thrown-together mess of the "standard" UK keyboard layout. All you need to do is specify "US Keyboard" and option-3 for £ is a very small price to pay.. (And you can type all kinds of other letters and symbols without needing to use a compose key (compose works for me, but ordinary folk don't know about it) or that numpad unintuitivity that Windows folks have to put up with).
However, count me in among the disgruntled: if the MacBook Air can have 1400×900, why on earth is the MacBook Pro still stuck with a lousy screen resolution? Would a screen res bump have been too much to ask for?
A MacBook Air would be tempting otherwise except for the major fail of having no ethernet port. Wireless is not always available, appropriate or desired. Admittedly one of my use cases of a MacBook Pro at work may be somewhat atypical, but when you're guddling in a server room and need to have a computer on-hand that you can flip between searching the web for answers (or copy/paste between terminals ssh'ed into various hosts) and testing network cables for connection problems), I need that ethernet port.. I don't want to have to buy an ugly, sticky-out, breakable ethernet dongle when any sensible computer has it built-in (funny how Apple's design aesthetic falls apart whenever anything port-related is involved (MagSafe an elegant exception): it's sooo great to have to carry ugly video-out adaptor cables with you..).
It worries me that this will be the last chance to get a usable Apple for myself, and it's not much of a last hurrah. Sure, the "retina" model to come may have the better screen res we've all been demanding, but with no ethernet port or optical drive (yes, we all use them far less now, but they do still have their uses), it'd be one step forward but two steps back, unfortunately..
Now, if only Apple would put the menus back into the app windows and implement focus-follows-mouse, otherwise if I buy one it'd be dual-booting Linux.. ;-)