Hi, I've been lurking around a while, and now registered to post something. Here're some of my thoughts on the up coming MBA. These also based on the 1st generation Samsung Series 9 (it's just refreshed) as comparison: 1. Apple will have to take care the markets for the MBP lines, as well as the latest MB. They'll have to set the role of the MBA very carefully by not eclipsing the sales of any other product lines. 2. CPU wise, Apple most likely not going to stick in powerful CPU simply because of heat issue (especially when turbo boosted) and the stacked IGP. MBA is targetting those who need a lightweight laptop with least heat and most battery. Reading the review of the 1.4GHz SB i5 Samsung 9 series, the battery is comparable to current MBA 13" (productivity seems to have a full hour less battery life on the Samsung, while it has some edge over the MBA for video playback), and I believe Samsung did a hell of a job to maximize the battery life. The battery life probably going to be better than current C2D MBA if the same i5 1.4GHz is used on the next MBA, though, I can imagine anything more powerful going to suck more battery juice. MBA buyers will not want to see drop in battery performances. 3. Since the CPU isn't going to be powerful, means it's not much point to stick in more RAM than the current 4GB because most likely users are not going to do intensive works. 8GB of soldered RAM going to take more spaces, as well as increase the cost of the MBA quite a lot. 4. Since the whole setup isn't going to be a powerhouse, there isn't much of a point to include thunderbolt port too since it's designed as a portable device. Expect to see users complaining battery juice being sucked using thunderbolt port. Refer to point no.1 - w/ and w/o thunderbolt port CAN determine the sales of the MBP versus MBA. Though, it's always nice to see USB3.0. 5. The 3000 HD IGP probably sucks with windows drivers, I doubt Apple can improve it any further to match the old combination even if they did a good job on the latest MBP but that's probably largely due to the powerful CPU. Laptopmag review indicated that the 3000 HD in the Samsung 9 series yield only 14 FPS playing WoW, MBA with same setting (I'm supposed) output 53 FPS in comparison and in higher resolution (1366x768 vs 1400x900), and that's a huge differences if you ask me. On top of it, CNET review indicated that CPU test resulted similar performances compared to the 1.86GHz C2D. So when we minimize the CPU performance differences, we can start to see the 3000 HD probably sucks on playing games, perhaps even for casual gaming which is what the majority of MBA owners will do. It isn't an easy move for Apple, especially with the restriction of forcing the manufacturer to use the 3000 HD IGP. Apple probably doesn't have a choice to stick to the C2D because buyers will be sad to see old technology being used yet again although it doesn't always mean new is better. That said, we always hope for the best! PS: Sorry if I sound like I'm being uninformed or even complete clueless, because for most part, I'm not as geekish when it comes to hardware performances. Feel free to correct me if anything I said was wrong. Thanks!