This is a particular question about my situation, I am hoping that those of you experienced with the trends of Apple can help. I am a college student graduating in December. My comp is 3.5 years old (mid-2009 15" MBP). It is on it's last legs. As in it frequently overheats, battery says "service batter" (I think that is relating to the overheating). It lags freezes for short periods of time on a semi-regular basis. Sooo, I need a new computer. I am looking for another 15" MBP, to last 3-4 years technology-wise (not be crazy outdated by that time), but I was only hoping to spend around $2000. Are their any indications for when the next update/price reduction will happen? I am thinking February at the earliest? Right now my student discount saves me $200 on a computer. What is the likelihood that retina MBP pricing will decrease at least $200 next cycle? i.e. should I try to hold out on my current computer as long as possible (hoping for performance upgrade/, or just bite the bullet and buy now? I'd really like a SSD/retina display, but that doesn't seem feasible currently with my ideal price range. The model I am currently looking at: 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB 750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display, AppleCare Protection Plan $2,163.00. (with student pricing) I don't need 750 GB of storage, but I have heard that 7200 is a noticeable improvement over the 5400 ,pm? and there is no 500 GB w/ 7200 rpm. My main concern is that next upgrade things will be dramatically better/cheaper and I will regret not getting the SSD or retina. Or that 3 years from now, anyone who doesn't have SSD/retina will look archaic technologically. General thoughts from people are appreciated. Thank youu.