John Pariseau said: >the availability of the PC Card has >enabled me to keep my laptop instead of buying a new one just for USB Aha! There's the reason. No additional expansions for new books, forcing users to buy new machines. Apple really know how to screw over their existing customers instead of expanding their market share. The PCMCIA slot is just too useful for the customers, that's all there is to it. We can't have that.