After observing him for 25 years, I know how Steve Jobs' mind works. 2011 Sandy Bridge = more than enough power for any user Apple cares about. [notice I didn't say enough power for every user that would like to use a Mac] Six cores in every remaining product will be enough for everyone by decree. OpenCL will take up some slack here at well. 2011 Light Peak = the permanent end of slots. Remember how Steve fought against "slots" for the Apple II? Remember how the original Macs had none? Remember how he loved the Cube? How he loves the Air? Fundamentally, Steve is a minimalist, and truly hates anything extraneous. And by extraneous, I mean to him, not to you. I do believe that all Macs will only ship with audio ports, and Light Peaks ports. No FireWire, no USB, no ethernet, no display outputs. But what about all my legacy stuff?? Too bad. That is why there is eBay. Apple has never hesitated to drop old formats and connectors, and has never been shy in doing this. Servers: With the intro of the Mac Mini Server, the Xserve is for sure dead, maybe this year, or for sure the next. Apple cares nothing for the HPC space (no Infiniband drivers even). And Macs will never be used in the data center in any meaningful way for a huge number of reasons. I have no doubt that linux will be running on cheap white boxes at Apple's new place in NC. I'm really surprised that Xgird, Xsan, and so on are even still offered. Anybody hoping for mac "enterprise" products of any kind from Steve, or from any of his friends (Ellison, etc.) are SOL. Apple is all about the SoHo space. Pro Audio: No doubt some Pro Tools guys are in denial, but Steve has declared total war on Avid/Digidesign with their Apogee/Euphonix/Logic alliance. And by the ridiculously cheap pricing of FCP. Further, it would take nothing for Apogee to design Light Peak X-Symphony cards, and the dsp guys (UA, TC, etc.) will have to rewrite native versions of their plugs. Pro Photo/Video: Flash storage readers (whatever flavor)-->Light Peak-->Mac. Mac-->Light Peak-->DreamColor-esque display. Storage pooling over 10 gigabit ethernet protocol over Light Peak to a 3rd party array. Basically a variation of what Small Tree is advocating right now. Render to a 3rd party farm via Light Peak. Anybody Else: Apple truly does not care about your pro needs. This is the company that bought Shake and then killed it. In fact, he doesn't really care about pro users at all and never will. Steve is about bringing art to the masses, rather than bringing the machines that make art to the artists. And most importantly, he will never build the gaming rig of your dreams. Or care about cutting edge graphics of any kind. So, if the above is a problem for you, I recommend you enjoy whatever speedbumps 2010 brings for the Mac Pro and xServe!