MacConnection has a $75 rebate on the MacBook Pro 13" 2.53 GHz model, no tax, free shipping... bottom line price of $1399. I decided I was ready to upgrade my 2.2GHz white MacBook so I pulled the trigger on this mid-line MBP. I bought the midline as I plan to let it go to my wife later in the year and she doesn't need the hottest 'puter goin' for what she does (surfin' and e-mail mostly). Realizing that the new MB Pros will likely be in user's hands in another month or two, buying this intermediate MB Pro will allow me plenty of time to let the forthcoming new line of MB Pros be out and real-world tested for a couple more months after they begin shipping and THEN I will select my next-gen MBP. And at that time... I will pass the 13" MBP I'm buying now over to my wife and we can sell off our older white MacBooks. This is my way of getting some "new Mac" instant gratification, which will also make it MUCH easier for me to relax and take my good sweet time in sitting back and evaluating how the new line up works out in the real world, study the user reviews for a couple of months after release, and deciding then from whatever the new line up of MB Pros wind up being. I'm afraid that if I didn't buy this new MB Pro today, I would have a very hard time NOT immediately jumping into the next gen MB Pro fray right when they come out... rather than being able to sit back and observe the feedback for awhile before buying. Well... that's how I'm "rationalizing" my eager purchase of a new MB Pro today! Eagerly awaiting the new MB Pro's arrival next week! P.S. I happen to also have a variety of other Macs in my home-based photography business to meet higher use needs (MacPro, iMacs, MacMini, etc.). The MB Pro will be mostly for fun and travel convenience and will certainly take the edge off my anticipation of the new MB Pros.