I completely agree. For the M series to be AF capable makes very little sense.The M10 will definately not have autofocus. CMOS sensor, almost definately. Live view, video and an EVF port (ala X2) probably. If Leica make a move to AF it will be with a new complimentary system.
I had a Contax G system and really enjoyed it. However, the user experience vs. a Leica M is night and day. Not worse or better, but certainly different.They certainly could have built an AF module into is like the Contax G series of film cameras. Plenty of room in the M-Mount for electrical contacts, and a new series of lenses in M-Mount to use them. Nikon made an AF version of the F3 in 1983, and continued to use the F-Mount with AF cameras.
Such a camera would broaden the appeal.
CMOS, Liveview, Video, Autofocus- in an M series camera "go with the flow": maybe Leica is betting it would pull in new users. The M9 Monochrome "Buck the Trend"- will make many of the core Leica users very happy, and maybe pull in some new ones as well. My money is on the M9 Monochrome. Literally.