Just some general thoughts of this week regarding any next-gen Air. I'm always thirsty for info on anything Air-related or even Air-'contenders', and thought this might be a suitable thread to keep some more conversation going (this forum's relatively stagnant compared with the MBP's). Firstly I have to reiterate that I'm still enormously excited at the prospect of a next-gen Air, I see myself pretty much getting one on the day of release (if there is one and it isn't a monstrosity). I was thinking - with this talk of the Tablet possibly being delayed until 2nd half 2010 to be able to produce OLED for it at sub $2000 prices, it's made me more hopeful of an Air update sooner rather than later, as I'd always imagined the Tablet stealing at least some attention from the Air. On the downside, the discussion about OLED costs in relation to the Tablet has made me less hopeful about OLED appearing on any imminent Air, not that I had much to begin with mind (costs and its current limitations/problems) This week we've also seen what kind of tech we can push inside an ultraportable - see Scottsdale's Asus thread. Discrete graphics from ATI, 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD (not that I'd go with HDD myself these days) - Some of its features are impressive, but not all eg CPU - they probably couldn't get an adequate thermal envelope for anything faster. Which is where Arrandale will come in real handy. Hopefully with the Nvidia dispute too, there's a possibility of an ATI card in the next Air, unless they demote the Air's status as a premium ultraportable and downgrade the graphics to exclusively Intel integrated. The latter would be a shame imo which ties in to another topic I want to mention. Dell have done 2 major things with the Adamo XPS imo: 1) They've won the thinness competition, by a country mile (for now) 2) They've clarified the notion that the portability/power compromise should ideally be a compromise on both fronts, ie not just power. While the original Adamo was quite beautiful, I just feel that the slightly unsightly design on the Adamo XPS to maximise thermal efficiency was a compromise too far. Not that it has very powerful internals itself. In my view, the 1.86/2.13 Rev B/C Macbook Air hit the sweet spot (possibly the 1.86 more than the 2.13). Snow Leopard - a lot of talk in the past couple of weeks about Windows 7 and Snow. We have to hand it to MS, Win 7 is a good OS, much much better than Vista. There isn't the same chasm between the 2 OS's that there was before. Especially with SL's poor Flash/HD vid performance (see Scottsdale's posts). Some good news today is the rumour that the next upgrade is already being worked on (see main page). Ultimately, of what little I've used of Win 7, I still prefer the UI/functionality of SL, but I'd love to see Apple pull their weight a bit more when it comes to performance. And that's not to mention any potential next-gen Air design - unashamedly one of my main attractions to Apple products...with Apple, you can almost guarantee that on this front they're going to hit a home run Itching to see Apple announce at least an Arrandale/ATI/4GB/256GB Air!