Hey everyone, I've been reading this forum for a while without posting and thought I'd start a thread that might shed some light on the design of the new macbook pro. The purpose of this thread is not to speculate on what features the new machine might include, nor is it to post mockups that may or may not be technically feasable. This thread is really meant for people with an engineering background, and technical experience with computers. I was hoping that we could compile our knowledge of component sizes (ie optical drive dimensions, hard drive dimensions, chipset dimensions, LED screen thickness, etc to try to anticipate how apple may shave down the thickness of the machine, change it's design to a tapered form (like the macbook air), or otherwise alter it. From my own research, the thickness of the machine is currently 1 inch (25.4mm). This consists of both the thickness of the top casing (housing the screen), and the bottom casing housing everything else. The thickness of the bottom casing seems to be limited by the thickness of the optical drive and hard drive (both of which measure 9.5mm). The logic board takes up the rear of the housing. It's footprint will be reduced by 40% to 35mm squared with montevina. However its actual thickness does not seem to be a limiting factor in case design. Theoretically apple could use a non-replacable (thinner) macbook air style battery, and reduce the screen top case thickness from the current thickness which once accomadated a CCRT backlight to the thickness of the macbook air which uses a thinner LED backlight (hopefully they'll have a 17" LED by then) Anyone know the thickness of the current macbook pro screens vs the macbook air? Also, has anyone taken their machine apart enough to verify if the 9.5mm optical drive/hard drive are the main size constraint for the thickness of the case. (9.5 mm is only .36 inches- so I'm not sure how the bottom case is as thick as it currently is). Perhaps in a future design- they'll shift the optical/hard drive components to the rear of the machine, and place the reduced-size montevina logic board in the front- so that the machine could taper (much like the macbook air does). Anyway, this is all just food for thought. It would really freshen up the design of the machine if they could get it even thinner, while maintaining it's performance.