I thought I would share some info from sources in the know that I have spoken to since the launch. This is second hand info, but this is a rumor site afterall. Supposedly the new MacBook was designed around Skylake processor. As Skylake slipped out due to Broadwell delays, Apple felt pressure due to competitors coming out with similar products. Worried they needed a foothold in the market segment, they rushed out a Broadwell based MacBook as a placeholder until Skylake is available. One problem with this strategy is that the I/O chip for the single port was designed for Skylake. This interface chip included Thunderbolt with all the currently offered interfaces. So, without Skylake, they could not include Thunderbolt, supposedly. They used a different interface chip for now. I also heard that they realized in testing that the MacBook would be underpowered. Supposedly all the hands-on samples at the unveiling were the 1.3GHz version overclocked slightly. They also carefully controlled what was running on the demo units to keep user experience fluid and smooth. The reason for the 480p camera was not to save money or space, but rather to lower the strain on the CPU, because internal user experience testing showed that during long Facetime sessions, when the processor started throttling, the image got too choppy with HD cameras. The people I spoke to heard a rumor (now third hand info) that the decision to put out a Broadwell MacBook went all the way to Tim Cook and was made pretty recently. He had a choice between taking heat that there was still no Retina Air or competition for latest competitor offerings until Fall, or taking heat that the MacBook is slightly underpowered and has no Thunderbolt yet. He decided the latter. So, now after hearing all this, I am struggling with whether to wait for the Skylake version or not. I was going to be the first in line to order the MacBook, but now I might wait until I see real world testing from reviewers. I don't need Thunderbolt or HD camera, but I do want more CPU power. Or I could buy now and flip it around Christmas if the Skylake version shows up. Again, this is all 2nd and 3rd hand info, but it does seem to align with many rumors leading up to the launch and the lack of TB and only 480p camera.