I went ahead and ordered a 24" iMac this week, seeing Leopard's release date is known and I can grab it on the up-to-date program. I figured I would take my chances and see if I can draw one without the well-documented screen gradient problem and freezing issues. I figured why keep waiting - if I get a bad one, I can always return/exchange it, rather than waiting and having a 100% chance of not having a good iMac. Anyways, all the research on the iMac issues got me thinking specifically about Apple's liabilities with the screen problems. If they are widespread, and Apple never acknowledges it, and never issues any recall, it would seem to open up a pretty big long-term liability for them. I mean, whats to stop some crafty person, like myself, from getting one with the gradient issue, deciding I can live with it for 2 years and 364 days, and then make a warranty claim the day before Applecare expires? Quite often, it is more economical to replace a 3 year old machine with a new model, rather than the labor and parts cost of a repair. It seems like if you find that you could tolerate the issue, you have a pretty good chance of using it as a ticket to a free, brand new Mac in 3 years.