Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5) Hi I'm new to the forum and I have been eying my first apple pc purchase to be a Mac mini but the current 2010 being limited to FireWire and cramped and slow internal storage options have prevented me from purchasing one. The mini would be perfect solely for minor hd editing and mainly as a media center. I could just buy a 2011 MacBook pro 15 but I'm gettig really tired having my iTunes and media sprawled about several laptops and devices and not having one central hub for everything, especially when syncing iPhones and iPads. Besides im spoiled with my iPad and netbook for traveling light so id rather transfer more difficult tasks to a home unit. So here is my speculation/question: Since it looks like the mini's trend is to get smaller and usually follow the same specs as a macbook pro 13 platform do you think they will continue to follow the smaller trend and use the MacBook air platform? Doing this would certainly shrink the footprint to something like some tiny windows net-tops (ie. Lenovo ideacentre or acer revo). The MacBook air can be a decent media center since it has a 320m graphics and a bare minimum CPU for media. It would certainly fuel rumors about the move away from optical drives and the new thunderbolt port could consolidate a few ports like display, hdmi, USB, digital audio, etc with an external hub/converter. But im not in support of this and think it would be a major step backwards. I already complain that the hard drive in the mini is scary to get to, and the Air's memory is soldered in. Going this route would leave us with almost zero user upgradeability options. Sorry this has been long winded I guess you can tell I've been thinking about this for a long time. It's just so difficult with apple because of their cost. For 300 bucks you can get a windows pc to get by but at 1000+ it stings a little when there's a better refresh just a month away. I don't even want to buy apple until lion is preinstalled 64bit is going to be awesome and I'm totally psyched about thunderbolt.