Apple's current pro laptop line is mediocre AT BEST. Apple is using four year old technology in the flagship 17" machine. At the moment, Dell and others use i5/i7 chips in the mid-upper end models. Only the low to low middle models still use Core2Duo processors. Apple's decision to spend its time developing an ipod touch XL rather than updating its pro laptop line may cost it sales to universities and other government agencies. Many state legislatures are beginning to work on fiscal 2010-11 budgets. If some cuts that are predicted come to pass, one of the first things to be frozen will be technology budgets. I, for one, am currently approved to buy a 17" Macbook Pro, however I have an original 2.16 Ghz C2D MacBook Pro and refuse to spend the state's money on an overpriced 2.8 Ghz version of a 4-year-old processor. I'm not the only one. I am advising everyone--across four campuses--that currently has a C2D processor to wait. At least 95% are waiting. Apple's current offerings give us no compelling reason to update these machines. If technology budgets get frozen before Apple comes to its senses, these sales will be lost. FYI: I am at one of the 10 largest universities in the country. We are not a small buyer.