Hi I have an old powerbook pismo g3 500MHz and I'm considering purchasing a new powerbook, but I'm plagued with whether to wait for new intels or see what will be unveiled at apple expo paris (which I'm attending anyway)!! The thing is that my powerbook is about 5 years old and although it runs panther great it just doesn't have the features and performance that I need. The current powerbooks are much better then mine, but still they lack in technology and performance. Another problem which is making my decision harder is that unfortunately there is one bit of windows software that I really need and there is no mac equivalent. I'm a mechanical engineering student and I use Solidworks CAD software a lot. Yes, I've tried using virtual pc to run it, but virtual pc just doesn't cut it! It's way too slow and the graphics suck. I don't know what to do. I've waited a long long time for a pb G5 to be announced but that is obviously not going to happen. As I see it Apple has put it's professional customers who require leading technology and performance in a mobile computer in a very awkward situation, i.e. buy the current powerbooks or whatever upgrade will be unveiled in paris or wait till sometime late 2006 or early 2007 to buy an intel pb which has gone through some revisions and testing??! BTW It's incredible that Apple has let it's non-professional computers surpass it's professional line when it comes to mobile computing, i.e. ibook and powerbook. I mean the ibook 14" is apparently newer and out performances the 12" pb which is more expensive anyway.