I'm a PhD student and I have my heart set on buying a 12" powerbook to take with me to conferences, for taking notes during meetings etc. (Don't have a laptop yet.) Of course I'll wait for next week's Paris Expo, assuming that they will announce a new revision of powerbooks (there have been other threads about whether this will actually happen or not, but let's just assume they will, for now ). Now, my questions are: - when do you think that these new powerbooks will actually be *available* in Apple stores? - more specifically, I'll be in San Diego for a conference starting Oct 13th and I'm considering buying one in that Apple store in Fashion Valley. Could I (should I?) pre-order one on-line in order to be sure to have a laptop by the time the conference starts? - my other option would be to buy one in Belgium (where I live), but the same questions about availability arise. - oh and one more thing: if I buy my powerbook in the States, will the standard warranty be valid in Belgium? Is AppleCare really worth it? thanks for sharing your thoughts&experiences!