Hi all, I've searched this forum for advice on my dilemma, but as a newbie to Mac notebooks, the threads I found only left me more confused. So please forgive me if I'm beating the dead horse here. I'm a veteran PC user and my current computer is in its death throes. I've backed up all my stuff onto an external hard drive so that I can make a smooth transition to a new computer. I've used my brother's Powerbook numerous times so I'm good with the interface of Mac notebooks, but I'm lost when it comes to specs and the like. I've got two options I'm considering. My brother just got a new Macbook to take with him back to school, and he has offered to let me keep his old Powerbook for when my PC finally kicks it. It runs relatively well, only it takes forever to shut down and reboot, so he just puts it into sleep mode when he is not using it (I do the same with my PC, as I have a similar problem). So that's one option I have, although if the Powerbook crashes as my brother has predicted, I'm screwed for the most part. However, I'm going to be heading off to college in the fall of 2009 and will be getting a Mac notebook in the spring as a graduation gift. I've heard, though, that Apple will be unveiling its next generation of notebooks sometime next year. I don't know much about it, but I've been hearing next spring/summer as the tentative release date. So my question is: should I wait until the spring to get whatever Mac notebook there is and make due for now with my brother's old Powerbook? Or should I take advantage of the current promotion (iPod touch + my mom's teacher discount) and get the Macbook I want as an early grad gift? If, say, the next generation of notebooks came out in the spring, would they make the current Macbook obsolete? Thanks for your responses. I think the current promotion ends in September, so swift replies would be appreciated!