It prevents data injection by, for example, attaching the fingerprint sensor or Face ID to a computer. Sure this doesn’t happen in 2 minutes when someone has a quick hand on your phone, but there have been parties in the past who have spent $1.3 million to get access to one phone.
Sure, 99% of people don’t need it and it gets in the way of repair, but turning off security for everyone is the same discussion as the encryption debacle. 99% of people don’t do anything criminal with their banking, but I like that it is encrypted and the government can’t read along.
Apple has indeed made some choices regarding repairs, customer support and privacy. Many people are very interested in Apple for those reasons until they find out that there are also disadvantages such as the more expensive repairs.
I’ve been using Android for years and a MacBook works for me. I thought the MacBook was a mess, I had a lot of nagging with hardware and it doesn’t fit me. I needed a new tablet a few years ago and couldn’t see the wood for the trees anymore and then I bought the entry-level iPad, a few years later I made the switch to iPhone. I also have no objection to a high-end Android phone, but then the difference in purchase price is minimal.
The problem I have with midrange Android devices is that I don’t delve into it every day and you have to read it per device and brand, it’s quite a mixed bag. There are now a few brands that have nice hardware and have their software support in order, but a device that does not receive software updates makes me very nervous. Android is doing well to pull the security updates and the like from the OEM skin and kudos for that.
I don’t know yet whether I will buy Android or iPhone next time, if my iPhone lasts long enough, I will probably buy another one, if only because switching between Android and iPhone is painful.