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New Products from Apple

I am new to the Apple scene. I have been a pretty heavy Linux user in the last couple of years. For the past 3 months (since my daughter was born), I have been considering getting a Powerbook from Apple. The problem is there have been rumors of new Powerbooks coming, but they haven’t yet made it. There is also a special offer from Apple if you buy a Powerbook and iPod, you get a $200 rebate (educational).

Today, Apple introduced new iPods that are not eligible for the rebate. They have larger storage capacity. I am expecting the new Powerbooks to be introduced next week at the Mac Expo, but they probably won’t qualify either. Do I go with the newest stuff or take the rebate and go with the older?