I have about $2,000 I can spend and I need some different perspectives: I work at a university so I get the educational discount. I'm currently a web designer but will leave my job within the next 30 days to work a family business. I'll do web work on the side, but no longer will need a box that matches my current machine (17-inch PB 1.33 GHz / 1.5 Ram). My thought is to get the 12-inch iBook (with beefed-up Ram to 1 gig) with Apple Care protection plan. I can get that for around $1,200. It's the same processor speed as my current machine and I'll run less apps so I don't think I'd see that much difference in performance. I'd also like to get a refurbished iMac for my wife. There are some 17-inch refurbished (and floor models) for $700. Add Apple care and the cost for two machines will be hovering just over $2,000. The dilemma: I would like to wait for the updated iBook, but I will need a computer immediately when I change jobs, I'm not sure when the updated iBook will be released, and I'll lose my educational discount shortly. It's not 100 percent necessary to get my wife a machine, and to be honest, maybe I could go without a laptop for while. But my wife is a stay-at-home mom and I'd feel terrible leaving her without a machine while I'm working. What would you guys do? Thank you for your input!