You know what?
Pros spoke loud and clear. They want power, usability, and reliability. Not gimmicks and fads.
The design WORKS. Apple is incrementally improving it, which is really what's been happening since the introduction of the aluminum unibody chassis. Some increments are bigger than others, but there's really nothing revolutionary here, nor imho should there be.
I don't blame Apple for being a bit conservative right now. They went out on a limb with 4th gen and ended up getting bit. This generation is a VERY welcome mea culpa, which manages to address the most vocal complaints/requests without compromising the form and design. This is exactly what Apple needed to do to start earning some trust back from long-time users.
Besides, it really suits Apple. Since the return of Jobs, Apple's modus operandi has been to let other "innovative" companies dip their toes in new areas/technologies and rush inferior products to market while they test and refine and then introduce the best version by a country mile. No reason to think they would do any differently here. OLED screens in laptops are still relatively new. Apple won't put one in a laptop until they can find/create one that meets their high standards. You'll remember they did the same thing with the iPhone; OLEDs in phones were practically ubiquitous by the time the iPhone X came out, and almost as ubiquitous were the complaints of failures/color/brightness/etc. Apple researched, iterated, improved, and released a phone with an OLED screen that blew away anything else on the market at the time, from a quality perspective.
I am extraordinarly pleased by this release. I've been holding back from upgrading for 2 years. My trusty 6-year-old MacBook Pro has held up remarkably well, but I'm happy to pull the trigger now, because I don't feel like I am compromising anything.