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As far as the ports go, there is nothing in writing either from Apple or Ive that they are anti-port folks. Less than 10 years ago even lowly iBooks and Mac minis packed quite a few
They’re not opposed to ports, but they’re merciless about cutting stuff that’s not essential. That’s how the industry moves forward. If you maintain endless backwards compatibility for everything to the end of time, you end up with a nightmare.
The pictures you posted are machines that debuted in 2003/2005, respectively. At that point, many people were still on dialup internet, and the rest often connected via ethernet because wifi at the time was less common and damn slow, so the RJ11/RJ45 ports were essential. Beyond those, there’s Mini VGA on one and DVI on the other (duh, you need to plug a screen/projector in), USB, Firewire, audio out, power, and a DVD drive (most people still got software via optical media). None of those ports were redundant except arguably USB/Firewire, though Firewire had marginally better performance even at that low-point of Firewire 400 vs. USB 2.0.
The modern Apple machines are actually pretty similar to the ones you posted in port selection, just updated for 2015, with the exception of the Macbook Air / new Macbook, which are about extreme portability, and so slim down to as few ports as they can get away with, and assume people will connect to things with wifi/bluetooth.
You’ll notice on their current machines no serial, no parallel, no ADB, no PS/2, no SCSI, no RJ11, no Firewire, no old versions of USB, no VGA, no DVI, no S-Video, no floppy drives, no optical drives, and as little of the rest as they can get away with.