I cannot find any news stories, retail websites, or reviews indicating that any laptops (PC or otherwise) with Penryn processors have actually been shipped. Toshiba, Gateway, HP, and other PC makers have all started taking orders for Penryn laptops, but they all estimate they will ship in 1 to 2 weeks. Retail stores say their inventory will arrive in 1 to 2 weeks. This means that Apple might not actually be behind in releasing the new Penryn MacBook Pros. If Apple announces the new MacBook Pros on February 12th and says they are already waiting in store inventories, then Apple Penryn laptops could conceivably be available before any PC Penryn laptop. You could have a new MacBook Pro in your lap before your friend gets their PC, even though they placed their order weeks earlier. Please correct me if I am wrong, I did not do an exhaustive search of PC retailers or magazines. But it looks like Apple isn't behind the times - yet. If they wait until March 17th, that would be pretty frustrating.