So you know a lot of Rebel users constantly sending their gear to Canon for adjustments? I don't. But maybe I'll ask the other parents at the soccer game or at the school play.
If Canon share this attitude towards users of their entry level SLRs, that would certainly explain their policy of removing "confusing" features that "parents at the soccer game" don't understand.
You completely misunderstood my point, which was that Rebel users are certainly not
constantly sending their gear to Canon for autofocus micro-adjustments. You think I'm saying something bad about them when I'm not. I'm a parent at the soccer game too and I respect their situation. They want good photos, and getting good photos of soccer (or basketball or many other sports) is not easy. The Rebel is the camera they bought because they knew that a point & shoot wouldn't do the job as well. The Rebel does that job much better, whether it's a soccer game, a show at school, a birthday party, etc. The point is: it's very well-suited to those tasks, without being too big or too heavy (parents have enough stuff to carry) or being too expensive ... and without having AFMA!
You used the word "confusing" in quotes, but that's not the word I used. If you could appreciate the perspective of many parents, you would recognize that too many unfamiliar features on a camera menu is a minus, not a plus. And AFMA is definitely
an unfamiliar feature to the vast majority of people who don't read photography gear forums. Advanced features sell cameras to advanced hobbyists and pros, not to many camera buyers looking for a very small DSLR. For many buyers, feature bloat is a distinct disadvantage of modern cameras. Have you noticed that even the typical point & shoot has menus cluttered with many settings that most people never use? This is not a selling point.
The thrust of the critics in this thread can be summarized as: The new Rebel doesn't meet my personal needs! I need AFMA. The only reason Canon omitted the feature that I want is because they want to make a (presumed) higher profit on an AMFA-featured body. And as we all know, this devious strategy of making a profit is wrong.