I live in the UK, and thus suffer from seeing how america always has things much cheaper! I am going to New York City in less than 2 weeks time and plan on visiting an apple store (never been to one before). I am an owner of a Powerbook G4 12" (fell in love with it after visiting a friend in the states 2 years ago). I love the hardware, i use it more of a backed to my Windows PC and whenever i'm on the move, but i feel its a bit lacking in this Core Duo world Also i plan on getting an 80gb Ipod, i would prefer the thinner 30gb one, but that doesn't even have enough battery life to watch the entire lord of the rings, so not that interested. So 80gb it is. At the current exchange rate (including state tax) an 80gb Ipod and black macbook costs £1,050 odd, the same thing in the uk costs just under £1,300. I read these forums quite a bit and have found out certain stuff (always good to hear about faults people report). I have heard that anything mobile that apple sells that its capable of being repaired anywhere (is this true?). My biggest concern is this whole Core2Duo business, i don't want to buy a laptop that is out of date tomorrow, i know you guys will say that is the nature of the IT industry, which it is, but you know that the day you buy something from Apple that they will announce something better tomorrow. Atleast companies like Dell announce something or have different product types in operation at the same time. I would like my hardware to be latest technology for atleast 2-3 months before new hardware was announced, not 2-3 days. Any advice people can give me on my comments here and any recomendations?