Hello all, I'm entering grad school in Sept. of this year and need a new notebook to accompany me in my new endeavor. I've had virtually no experience with mac's, but everyone I know who has one (including my soon to be adviser) seems to love their computer. So I've decided to purchase a macbook this summer. The question is when? From what I can tell it seems that a lot of people believe that a new macbook redesign will be coming out sometime before the beginning of the next school year, and if there is a chance that it will be a major redesign I could wait for that (as far as patients goes). My two major concerns are this. First, I will not have time to familiarize myself with my new notebook after September 1st. So anything I need to use it for I need to know how to do by then. Second, do there tend to be bug problems with the first release after a major apple redesign? I would like to have the cool new design, but if it means that I risk getting a buggy or less reliable machine then I would rather have the older version. So how long do you guys think that it would take for the average, somewhat computer illiterate, user to adapt from a pc platform to a mac platform? BTW, I will be using the computer primarily to write papers, and do statistical number crunching. So things like graphical design and gaming are not a concern. I would also like to use the notebook to manage my music, and watch movies on plane rides back home though. So what do you guys think? Should I wait to purchase until later, and if so how late is too late? Also do I need to purchase a copy of ms office for my new mac, or do you think that I should use iwork to write my academic papers? Finally, please remember that I am on a grad students budget and therefore this machine will need to last me at least 3+ years. I'm currently considering the mid-level macbook. So what do you guys think? Thank you for the advice.