I'm 6 to 9 months away from buying my third-in-a-row 17" MBP. The rumor mill is saying the next model will be a thin Air-style version that will not have a DVD drive, will only have an on-board SSD, and possibly a higher resolution screen. I can live without the DVD drive and while I would really prefer a discrete SSD that could be replaced easily (my current 2009 MBP has an SSD that I like very much), I could live with an on-board too. What I haven't heard anything about is whether it will still have an ExpressCard slot. I have an EC SSD installed that is a much-used part of my daily workflow. (No, I'm not interested in partitioning the internal system drive.) So, my dilemma is whether to buy a current 2011 model with the DVD and ExpressCard slot, or to wait for the new model and take my chances that it won't have the configuration I really want. Any thoughts? Has anyone heard anything about ExpressCard support on the next 17" model?