Hello everyone, after a few months of visiting/reading this wonderful site, this is my very first post. I am a grad student and lifelong PC user who will be finally making the leap to-what I hope is-the glorious world of Apple. I humbly ask for your input and advice regarding my imminent Mac laptop purchase. I was planning on getting a low-end Macbook Pro with a 160 GB hard drive, and then these latest updates led me to reevaluate things (like 250 GB hard drive). I still like the fact the MBP has a larger screen than the MB (and that the MBP has a matte screen option). I must admit that I wondered why Apple hadn't introduced updates to the MBPs (other than the option for a 250 GB hard drive, and 2.6 processor option for the higher-end models) either concurrently with the MB updates or even preceding the MB updates. Many of you are saying that the updates to the MBs have made them comparable to the low-end MBPs. Now the gap has been narrowed between the two, and I wonder if MB sales will cannibalize low-end MBP sales? Anyhoo... 1) I read that Apple does indeed consider the "changes" to the MBP to be an official update. Does that mean that there won't be any other minor updates (like a speed bump) prior to Macworld in January? 2) I am planning on leaving the country to do research in Eastern Europe sometime in the spring (around April). Because I will be there for over 1 year, and because there are no Apple stores in the country (or anywhere neighboring ones for that matter), I am a little hesitant about making a purchase right before my departure. Being that I was primarily considering a Macbook Pro, I am unsure about waiting for the impending updates in January... would they ship out in January? will the updates be that significant to justify the wait? in light of my circumstances, would that be a wise thing to do? 3) If I buy on Black Friday, could I use my education discount in addition to the sale? In addition to the basic usage (email, net surfing, Word and Excel documents, watching movies) I will need it for audio, video, and photo editing, creating presentations (Powerpoint or the superior Mac version), dvd/cd burning & writing. I am in need of getting a laptop soon (but could wait a litttle bit if it makes the utmost sense to). Sorry for the lengthy post. I wanted to provide you with as much info/context as possible. I would really appreciate any feedback, comments, and advice you have to offer. Thanks for listening/reading! I'm eagerly awaiting the chance to cross over to the other side!