Well, I finally got bored on the uncertainty surrounding the availability of the rMB, and have just bought a Microsoft Surface 3. My purchase experience was exactly as it should be: I saw the demo units in a store, well ahead of the official launch date, and was able to have a play, ask questions etc. There was a clear path to pre-ordering, if desired. I read a number of positive reviews from the likes of Anandtech. There seems to be plenty of stock - even before the official launch date which I believe is May 7th. I just walked in to my local retailer (JB Hi-Fi here in Australia), had a final test of the demo machine, and bought the unit with the accessories (all available in store). It was all concluded in 10 minutes. Sure, the Surface 3 is a considerably less powerful machine than the rMB, and its design isn't as nice, but it's half the price, and entirely adequate as a travel computer. It will double up as tablet, on which I can run my desktop apps if necessary, unlike my iPad. Not a great tablet, admittedly, I would have easily spent AU$1800 on the base rMB, and given the amount of debate on these forums, might have been tempted to go for 1.3GHz BTO (an eye-watering AU$2,409 with 512GB storage). It was just too much for a tertiary travel computer. I'm happy with my purchase, and in particular for the lack of stress in actually buying the thing. Getting hold of an rMB is like watching a shiver of sharks going after a solitary seal. Next year, when there is Gen 2 Skylake version of the rMB, I will revisit the rMB. I'm hoping that by then Apple will have learned that smooth product launches are a vital part of the customer experience.