OK, here is the deal. This fall I am going off to college as a mechanical engineer and I need a computer. I have already decided that I am getting a laptop so here are my options: a) Buy now, the current lines look good and I would be able to play with/set up my computer over the summer. b) Wait for the next update and buy whatever it is, as long as it is not to long after school starts. I don't realy need it till then anyway. c) Hold out for a G5 powerbook and use my PM6500 and campus computers untill then (cant take the family MDD . Then of course I need to decide what model (leaning twords 15 inch PowerBook) That said, here is what I am looking for. First of all, i don't want an iBook, I think the 12 powerbook is much better and only slightly more expensive. I need a computer that will last. Being that I will be a poor college student I want this computer to last me 5 years or so, which is why I am thinking of waiting for a G5, I think the 64 bit may be overkill now but could add years to its life. Also I am one of those people who suffers from the need for the latest and greatest (I know I don't need that but I think I run my computers pretty hard). Bassicly it all comes down to the best for my money in the long run. Before you say get an iBook (someone always does), here is what I will be using it for. Obviously the basics, any new computer can do that, but preferably all at the same time (I like to have all my basic apps open at once). I would like to learn how to program soon, so some basics of that. I am very interested in aviation and am thinking of buying X-Plane, a very realistic (and high system demand) game. That last one is probably the most taxing thing I will use for a while. Oh, and did I mention it needs to last a while. Alot of this depends on when the next updates might be, so any insight would be apreciated. Thanks for your advice/thoughts. Sorry for the long post but I have learned that it is better to give too much info than not enough.