Thanks for the replies,
It would appear that maxing out components, not only increase processing speed, but also provide some resistance to obsolescence.
I really need to upgrade now, but with the Holiday season taking a big bite out of the number of functioning work days, I think I will hold out purchasing until the new year.
A small FWIW on the "New" MacBookPro versus the "old" . IF you look on BareFeets, and read carefully comparing the fastest "new" MBP 2.8 to the fastest "old" MBP 2.6, you'll see that the newest processor delivers only about an 8% performance boost. Given the "old" machine still has all the extra connectivity ports, it *MAY* be the better machine to consider for right now since we do not know what the new revision will trim out. Here is a test, note that the fastest machines by far are the desktop MacPros, so you want to ignore those and get down specifically to the MBP 2.8 versus MBP 2.6, and possibly the slower versions of each listed beneath these. http://www.barefeats.com/mbpp06.html