There is one thing that bothers me with the idea of "upgrading" to a Mac instead of the PCs I've used since Commodore went down the drain. It's the keyboard. I've been using the natural keyboard series from Microsoft for a long time now, and it works really great for my hands. I start feeling pain in my wrists very quickly when using traditional keyboards (for example when I hijack the keyboard of anyone who asks me questions at work:)). I can't explain exactly why, either they are actually better [tm] or it's just that my body has gotten used to these types of keyboards. One way or another, if I can avoid pain in my wrists I will go with a natural keyboard in the future as well.
Here is where the problems start. A PC keyboard doesn't go that well together with a Mac in several different ways. First of all it doesn't have that Apple look. Not the new white one, nor the old "yum" colors. So aesthetically it's a no go. I did try the natural keyboard (this very one that I am typing on now) with Lerin's iBook and I found out that the windows keys (never tried that weird "menu" key I never found a real use for...) doesn't match the special Mac "rune" keys. The layout is entirely wrong. I got the short cuts wrong all the time. How much fun is that, I ask of ye, my fellow nerds?
So we are down to three problems, "naturalness", look, and feel. Which brings me to the point of my little microthesis. Apple should release a Pro keyboard. Let them call it the Apple Mighty Keyboard, or the Apple Keyboard Pro, just please consider making this hardware. Your industrial design department should be able to draft such a keyboard in a mere coffee break, and as an encore you could do the mighty mouse pro (more ergonomic!).
Not only would this keyboard make me happy, it should work as another piece of the halo effect puzzle. Surely a keyboard won't a Mac buyer make, but it could help tip the scales. Seeing that sleek beautiful (and wrist sparing) keyboard next to a generic PC (or worst yet, a DELL!) might just make people think again, if they can make this beautiful keyboard, shouldn't the computers also be the same? And, whoa, what if their software would be the same? Mr. Jobs, you can thank me buy sending me a Mac Pro, because this advice is for free.