I don't think it's a matter of protecting the DSLRs, it's just a higher-specced MILC takes more time to develop, and Canon's profits rely on mid- and lower-range products more than the flagship bodies. Not to mention 1-series users are likely to be the hardest to sway away from DSLRs. They'll bring something out, but it might take a bit more time - better to do it right then rush things. Nikon haven't got a D5/6 MILC yet equivalent either.I get Canon doesn't want to upend its DSLR faithful, which I respect. However, the mirrorless babies who are holding out for Pro/Prosumer camera(s) are starving. Quite frankly, I'm little frustrated that Canon hasn't announced a Mirrorless camera, (Pro/Prosumer that is) by now. I've been faithful to Canon, and I want to continue that, and one way Canon can do that is by giving an announcement that a mirrorless pro camera is coming, it doesn't have to be released yet.