As we all wait for the first real update to the mac pro (August 2006) lets take a minute and look at what Dell charges for their brand spanking new Xeon Quad Core Workstations. Currently Apple's 3.0GHZ 8 Core system (Spring 2007) comes in just under $4,000 with 1GB of RAM, 250GB HD, 256MB Nvidia 7300 video card. Now let's say Apple keeps the price right at $4,000 again for the updated top of the line Mac Pro. The specs may be something like this. 3.2GHZ Dual Quad Core Xeon Chips 2GB of RAM (1GBx2) (Macbook Pros and iMacs are coming with 2GB of RAM so this makes some sense) 320GB Hard Drive (Maybe we will see a 500GB but for this example let's be modest) 256MB video card from either Nvidia or ATI 16x DVD Superdrive (Blu-ray and/or HD-DVD BTO options) 10.5. Leopard Built in (obviously) Apples price $3999. Seems expensive, just look at a similar system from Dell. Same specs and Dells price is...... $6,084 So you spend 2 grand more for a Dell with Vista. So I'm very eager to buy the new Mac Pro but I would love to keep the price under 4 grand and I think Apple can do that. I see an update coming a week prior to Macworld. So that Steve can touch on the update in his speech but not bore the consumer crowd with machines that are designed as workstations.