Didn't you realize that 17" is too big to be small & pretty. Also at around 6.5 lbs it is too heavy for anyone to carry, even in a wheeled case.
For a company that Mr Ivy said is not all about profit why would the smaller sales of the 17" MacBook Pros not fit in. I guess what he means is that profit is first & then comes the lack of a 17" model.means that profit would not be large enough.
With the demise of the 17" MacBook Pro I had to buy 2 of the last models at the same price as the new model with updated insides would have had.
Add to this the lack of a new Mac Pro Apple is saying to me that they do not want my business. They are making it harder for me to stay with them. My first Mac was an original Mac 128 back in 1984.
When Apple started making a 17" model I moved up from my 15" model. At home I have an HP 30" display that has a display port on it that I connect to my 17" model to gain more useable screen space. That is not an option when I am out of my office with it. After using 3 30" displays with my Mac Pro + a couple other displays I really feel confined with 1 17" display. A 15" model is like you too small for me. Since Apple is all about small & pretty rather than big enough to do the job at hand I do not expect a new 17" model.