This makes it even more frustrating, knowing it isn't a mechanical constraint and they really did just dumb it down to "protect sales". I got news for them though, all it did was run me off to Nikon.
Leaving AFMA out of the 60D almost has to be a marketing decision - there's no mechanical reason for it, and since the 'feature' exists purely in the firmware and was already included in other bodies, there would be no real cost to include it in the 60D.
Unfortunately, it's pretty unlikely that Canon's marketing executives will get canned over your defection to Nikon.
Especially since, at least based on Amazon's figures, the 60D is currently the #2 selling dSLR (yes, a Nikon is in the top slot and in the #3 slot, but those are sub-$1K entry-level bodies, and the 60D without a lens is in the #4 slot, indicating a strong possibility that adding the body only and kit versions of the 60D, it would be the current bestseller). However you interpret the numbers, 60D sales are very strong.
The other consideration is that you're not really buying a camera, you're buying a system. Chances are, whatever body you get, you'll replace it relatively soon...at least, a lot sooner than the lenses you buy. So, IMO the thing to do is look at the lenses available for each system, and that's where you put your money. Lenses are why I went with Canon in the first place.
Do they really think people are going to buy this thing and then get bait-N-switched into a 7d when they find out their shiney new L lens take crap pictures with this body??? "Oh, you need to move up to a 7d body if you want your pictures to actually be in focus with your $1200 lens."
Sure, why not? Or, more likely, most people with a 60D won't even notice, because they're using it with a lenses like the 18-135mm it's bundled with, or the 15-85mm, etc., i.e. slow lenses with deep enough DoF to mask a slight misfocusing.
Also, do keep in mind that you can send body and lenses into Canon for them to adjust them, for free under warranty.
And you know the REALLY stupid part? I would have chosen the 7d FIRST except they apparently dumbed IT down with lack of manual audio levels to protect 5d sales.
History lesson: When the 7D was released, the 5DII did not offer manual audio gain either. That was added with Firmware 2.0.3/2.0.4 about 7.5 months after
the 7D came out (along with a 24 fps mode, which the 7D already had). The 7D also offers an intermediate HD resolution (720p) with a fast frame rate (60 fps) that was not and still is not available on the 5DII (but is on the 1D IV). In theory, Canon could add manual audio control to the 7D via a firmware update, as they did for the 5DII. Every Canon body released after the feature was added to the 5DII, including the Rebels (T2i and T3i) have the feature.