I am starting this thread b/c I'd like to express an idea that at the same time frustrates the hell out of me and has me very, very optimistic about the future. The idea is this: The current Mac hardware (w/ the exception of Mac Mini, perhaps) stinks. Nevertheless, the future of the Mac looks great! The Powermac: this stinks b/c it hasn't been updated in over 9 months. Steve promised us 3 GHz and hasn't delivered. The video card is atrocious. I could go on. Yet I fully expect dual core G5's at WWDC! Probably clocking at 3 GHz The iBook: this stinks, and will stink more and more, simply b/c Apple can't upgrade it until WWDC. It can't be upgraded because it will be too close to the Powerbooks. Now, some will dispute this. They are wrong. You see, the iBook, ever since it moved to G4, as been updated roughly as often as the PB. As the updates have continued, each iBook update being equal in magnitude to the previous or second to last PB update, the gap, on a % basis, between iBook and PB has gotten very small. If the 14" is updated to 1.5 (technically, iBooks could go up to 1.42, but won't b/c the update wouldn't be enough for Apple to justify the logistic costs of an upgrade in terms of increased sales) it would be closer to the PB in power than it has EVER been in the history of Mac! It's not gonna happen. Instead, the iBook will be updated around WWDC also. The question is: w/ what chip and are they going to change the form factor? Now, at first I think they will keep the G4, but the G4 is maxing out at around where it is in the PB's right now. Will Apple keep going w/ the G4 knowing that they would only have a year worth of upgrades in it? Most likely scenerio: iBook takes the current PB G4 chips around WWDC and then gets a complete overhaul to incorporate the dual core Freescale chip when the PB goes up to RevB. This complete overhaul will include a new form factor - and it's gonna be awesome! Powerbook: Very overpriced and a terrible buy right now. But these things are going to positively scream when they get the Freescale dual core chip at WWDC. The video card should be updated then too. I can't wait! Any comments on my predictions? In the interests of full disclosure, I'm writing this message w/ the single purpose of restraining myself from buying a Mac online right now!