I don't think the template merging function is going to be much use, if indeed said rumor is true of course.
I expected 1.4 to be the last in the XF v1 series, and then 2.0 comes out, and by that time the site will be live and underway, while I learn XF 2 on my dev site. But nope.
oh well, should be a hoot and a half to see just how much the template merging function can do, though something tells me that function is just going to pack its bags and head back to the UK, once it's done scratching it's head at my custom style.
But then, it's all rumor, so said merging function and me can keep our current drinking-buddy relationship intact.