To be honest, i'm terrified that the late 2011 MacBook Pros will be the last that truly offer professional features, like the ability to upgrade memory and hard drive, swap the optical for a sad, etc. I think i've decided that I'm going to go ahead and purchase the late 2011 15 inch 2.4 i7 with 4 gb of ram (to be upgraded immediately from crucial) and the 1gb discrete graphics, with the hi rez matte screen. My current MacBook Pro makes graphic and video work tedious, and while I know Apple will come out with newer MBP's, rumors have been flying that they will be thinner and more macbook air like. This may possibly mean a loss of the features I described above. I also know that they love glossy screens, and that is one thing my next macbook pro cannot have. If my worst fears are confirmed, I would probably have to get a refurbished late 2011 model, which I don't want to do. So my idea.. is to purchase the late 2011 model now with the specs I listed above, and IF apple surprises me and releases a newer MacBook Pro that doesn't give up the features I want, I can always sell the late 2011 model and still get good money for it. If I also sold my current macbook pro (2009) I could probably get around $500 for it, and that should offset the difference. This way, i'm prepared if Apple goes down a scary path and I have a computer that does what I need it to. But at the same time prepared in case Apple surprises and does good with it's MacBook Pro line. Is this plan completely crazy?