Very close to making a purchase from Apple's Online Education Store. Overview: - iMac 21.5 inch 2.7 GHz Price: $1,499.00 (4 GB Memory, 1 TB Hard Drive, Magic Trackpad, Keyboard non-wireless) - Espon Workforce 630 Price: $149.95 (Print, Copy, Scan, Fax, Wireless) - Back To School Card Price: $100.00 (App Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore) Total (Tax Included): $1,864.87 - $100.00 Education Discount - $100.00 Back To School Promotion - $100.00 Printer Mail-in Rebate - FREE SHIPPING Total (Discounts Included): $1,564.87 Total Savings: $300+ Background: I'm eager to buy now in order to take advantage of current promotional offers. Came close to making this purchase in May - July of 2011. Waited because I wanted OS X Lion to come pre-installed. Fortunately, I also avoided the 1 TB Seagate Hard Drive Recall. The last time I purchased an iMac was in late 2005. I bought the last PowerPC model from December 2005. Apple transitioned to Intel processer in January 2006. Nightmare. I want to avoid something like this from happening again. Which is why one rumor has me worried, although I understand it just a rumor. Possibly an entirely new Apple computer product line coming early 2012. My fear is a completely redesigned iMac. A few more things: Is there a benefit to ordering Online rather than at an Apple Store? - such as the ability to swap out the Magic Mouse for the Magic Trackpad. - I don't believe you can do this when buying in-person. Is there a benefit to waiting until after the Back To School Promotion Ends? - perhaps an upcoming sale or promotion to follow the BTS deal. - November's black friday seems to be the only realistic approaching sale. Is there a benefit to waiting until Apple releases new products? - several products are due for updates (iPhone, iPods, MacPros, etc). - could lower prices of existing products or become promotional incentives. --------- Thanks so much for your time. I look forward to hearing back your thoughts and feelings. Any feedback is welcomed. Thanks Again.