No APS-C has AF at f/8 which the 1D4 does
The statement was "longest reach of all Canon bodies", not "longest reach of all Canon bodies with AF at f/8." APS-C has longer reach than APS-H, period. If AF comes into play, then for 99.9% of applications (i.e. everyone not stacking two teleconverters on a 600mm lens) APS-C has greater reach than APS-H.
And the sensor size has nothing to do with AF at f/8, so AF at f/8 is not an argument for keeping APS-H around.
From experience the 1D4 has 2 stops of usable iso - 1600 for the 7D, 6400 for the 1D4
The 7D at 3200 looks the same as the 1D4 at 6400. Online samples show this (i.e. Imaging Resource) and direct numeric measurements of both JPEG and RAW confirm it (DPReview). The 7D is actually slightly better at 3200 than the 1D4 at 6400, so if the 7D is unacceptable at 3200 then the 1D4 is unacceptable at 6400.
In fact the 7D is fine at 3200, as is the 1D4 at 6400. The difference is 1 stop. Admirable, but nothing to keep APS-H in the market. FF does even better in low light, and sensor evolution will take APS-C beyond the 1D4, probably with the next generation.
The IQ of a cropped 7D picture soon gets ugly, whereas it doesn't on the 1D4
I don't see that producing 20" prints from 9 MP crops of 7D files. They look fantastic.