I've been saving up for a 27" iMac and am about 2 months away from pulling it off. Hopefully. Depends on Xmas bonus. Worst case scenario is I'll be getting it in February. I'll be adding the 256 GB SSD + 2TB option plus upgrading the video card, and the i5 processor up to i7, plus I live in the EU, hence the need to save up. AFTER getting that, the plan was to save up for an 11" Air. It was a long-term strategy I was happy with. Brought order to things. Except I suddenly realized there are upgrade cycles to keep in mind (after recent rumors about possibly getting "significant" upgrades from Apple next year, with the new iMacs being due in the second or was it third quarter). So naturally now I'm very vividly imagining a scenario where I finally get the iMac I'm more or less daydreaming about these days, only to feel cheated a few months later because the new one came out. I started thinking about maybe getting the Air first, and waiting for the next iMac (it's been very difficult, I really want the damn thing). The Air is going to be my secondary computer so it won't be a massive disappointment if they upgrade it shortly after I buy it. So my first question to you all is, hypothetically what improvements would you expect from the 2012 upgrade? Ivy Bridge for certain, but beyond that? My second question is, based on the expectations you have, if you were in my situation (where you can get the iMac in late Dec at the earliest or in Feb at the latest), would you choose to spend what you've saved up on a 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD Air to console yourself with while saving up for the 2012 iMac, whenever it comes? I do have a quad core Ubuntu PC so it's not a matter of being computerless until I visit an Apple retailer. It is, however, a matter of really wanting to switch. (Not because of Ubuntu, I've loved it for years, but I got charmed by my iPad over the summer and eventually succumbed to playing with iMacs and Airs in stores and in my b/f's house. I successfully avoided it for years but after the iPad he ambushed me with, giving in was a matter of months. The rest is history.) Edited to add: Right after posting I realized the thread may be better suited for the forum where people seek advice on what to buy. My apologies if anyone else feels that way, I posted here because since I began considering getting the Air first, I've mostly had my mind on it.