Long time browser, first time poster. Last week I ordered a MBP and some software using my wife's educational discount. The MBP shipping had the usual 7-10 day delay; the software had to go through Adobe's somewhat more elaborate verification of educational eligibility, so it was split into two order numbers. Yesterday, I received this: Note: I didn't order a Mac mini. At the time, I thought two things: (1) "Way cool." (2) "This is definite confirmation they're discontinuing the Mac mini, and they're burning off supply to appease people whose orders are delayed." I was puzzled by the reference to the "new Mac mini with Intel Core Duo processor," but figured that maybe Apple was still touting a year-old product as "new." Then, today, I received this: Now, I think: (1) "Easy come, easy go." (2) "They're about to release a new iMac and Mac mini, and this e-mail was supposed to go out to people who have pending orders to let them know there's a delay in shipping so they'll get the upgraded specs." But hasn't it been Apple's past practice when transitioning between hardware to "surprise" new owners with upgraded specs without e-mailing them to tell them they've done so? You open the box and say "This was better than I was expecting?" Anyway, the whole thing was weird, and there are people here who are better at reading these tea leaves than I. Maybe it means nothing. In any event somebody must have gotten their ass chewed for this mistake.