I just spoke to someone at the executive offices of Apple concerning a letter that I had written over a week ago. The individual that called me back was very helpful about addressing my concerns about some of the recently reported problems with the first wave of 27" iMacs and recent failures with TimeCapsule. I asked her point-blank about the ship date for the i7. I told her that it was shrouded in secrecy and that none of the sales people were aware of the ship date. She looked up my order, which was a 27" BTO iMac i7. She told me that it was due to ship on November 16th with the possibility, based on Apple's track record, that it may be shipped out a day or two before. So, straight from Apple, it seems that the ship date is next week. I trust this news will make many people happy.