Forgive this thought, I have no other news or rumors or anything to add to it. We just saw the article from Anandtech saying the CPU's used in the mac pro start at a grand, and Marco Arment hypothesizing that he'd be very surprised to see a Mac Pro priced at less than $3,500. This would indiciate Apple moving HIGHER end on their new Mac Pro. However, all their Pro Apps have been moving to be more prosumer friendly both in operation and price. Why would you move them in opposite directions? A $3,500 Mac Pro doesn't seem like it would have many buyers in folks who use Aperture, Logic X and (more arguably) Final Cut Pro X. With the new Mac Pro design, materials and shipping costs are lower, repairs (for Apple) will be easier, etc. All the expensive parts other than CPU and GPU get moved to the external bus. Why would it be $3,500? If you are moving prosumer, wouldn't you want to hit a lower price target while still leaving room for the iMac? $2,000? Do we know for sure they are using Xeon?