Hey all, I'm needing a new Maya machine for school. For a couple of months I contemplated getting one of those i7 quad-core iMacs, but I've heard too many rumors about Autodesk/Snow Leopard issues and all those cracked/miscolored screen issues. On top of that, I've heard that the 8-core's speed boost over the iMac is more than worth the price difference. So I'm currently leaning towards a Mac Pro, with intentions of buying a refurbished Apple Display. School starts next week, and I've planned on holding off buying a new computer until the end of January/beginning of February. Now I'm reading lots of articles and forum posts, even from last summer, saying that the current Mac Pro is terribly outdated, and due for a refresh "any day now." I know that there was a minor processor update in December, but not much. I'm worried about getting Leo Laported, IE buying a new Mac Pro the weekend before a sudden and sizable update. In the past, how substantial have these updates been? Has the machine suddenly become 150% more powerful than before, or is it more like 105%? And gathering that Apple regularly releases certain new products at certain times of the year, is it possible to somewhat predict the month/quarter/timeframe that the Mac Pro will get an update? I'm just trying to avoid shooting myself in the foot, here.