You are right that the 2010 is a bit different than the 2013. We found for the vast majority of riders the new 2013 insert pattern provided the best overall setup and options - I won’t bore you with all the details as I quickly get them muddled up!
Short answer is that there are a few less inserts on the newer model and in a slightly different pattern.
There are a few folks like yourself who are less stoked on the deckpad over the regular footpads. However the majority are keener on the mutant setting as opposed to pads. Also, not including pads helps us keep the cost of the boards more affordable for everyone.
Hope that helps!