Consider this...we've seen the early image prices of $999 and $2299 for them. It could be they are dropping prices so they can empty inventory of them before Macworld San Francisco in January. I realize this may not be what most people want. But the pictures show no change in form factor. It is entirely possible it is just lower prices till Macworld, and then they upgrade. It has been done before. Remember the prices dropped on Wallstreets shortly before Macworld. It could be something similar. With so many conflicting rumors, the only thing we know is that Apple is planning an update at some point in the future. And remember this...Apple did say all new Macs next year won't boot into 9. Wouldn't it be difficult to implement this on an existing model or even one introduced in the next 7 weeks? They said nothing about implementing this early! Or even making a new model of something they only introduced 7 weeks earlier? Because they would need to change the ROM on the motherboard. That's not something I've ever seen them do in a period as short as 7 weeks. Sure Apple updated the Powerbook Titanium from CD-RW to combo drive in 2 months, but that's an easy update that just required something as simple as build to order parts. But ROM for doing this change is right on the motherboard. I'd think they'd want to update the entire lineup at once to implement this boot procedure.