I was at the Apple Store in Costa Mesa, CA the other day and asked an employee about whether I could put a MBP on hold "when and if," I emphasized, they come out with the new chips. The guy looked at me as if I had just made something up off the top of my head ("You know, the new chips? Core 2 Duos? Meroms?" I asked) and he replied with a few cocky-yet-laughed-off comments like, "I don't know what you're talking about; that sounds like a fantasy machine to me," "You wouldn't believe how many people come in asking about fantasy machines that don't exist and never come out!," "As long as Apple doesn't announce it themselves, they don't and won't exist" to me and some of his co-workers standing around the MBPs on display. I was in total shock, but I didn't want to say anything further in case my anger made me slip and sound like an idiot. A guy that I went to high school with (I think) was standing right by me and sensed my aura of fury and tried to cool me down by saying, "You know, if anything, I don't think they're going to come out until next year because it would probably piss off a lot of people that just bought MBPs recently..." As dumb as it may sound, that little incident put me in a bit of a funk, because I've always regarded the Apple store as like a safe haven of sorts - you always know you're going to be treated well or at least encounter friendly people, and the atmosphere is always nice (aesthetically or personally). I kept wondering exactly what the title of this thread states, and I just wanted to post this to see what you think. Could Apple employees really not know anything until they're notified? Do they really know even less "insider" information than any person on any of these Mac forums?