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Vaporware?

T Bone

Sep 9, 2014, 2:47 PM
Will this thing ever actually be released? Sources say even an early 2015 release date seems iffy....

The one thing Apple used to be good at was announcing a product with a specific date for release.

These kinds of 'well, this will be released eventually, I promise' announcements are so....

Microsoft....

Apple is really going downhill, ain't it?
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haggard2.0

Sep 9, 2014, 3:20 PM
Yes..they just spent over an hour and a half talking about it. Of course they're going to release it. It's slated for early 2015 as stated by Steve Cook himself and it being worth the wait.

Apple did this recently with the Mac Pro as well announcing it ahead of it being released a few months later. This is a brand new product and they're still working on it clearly, they just gave us a ton of information on it and expectations.
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T Bone

Sep 9, 2014, 3:34 PM
And early 2015 is what specific date?

There's a reason that the term 'vaporware' exists, it is actually very common for companies to announce products to be released 'eventually' which never come to fruition. So the fact that they are talking about it doesn't prove anything.

Blackberry arrived nearly 2 years late.

When Microsoft announced the Surface without giving a specific date, Apple fans bashed Microsoft relentlessly for not providing a specific date, so I think that turnaround is fair play.
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bluecoyote

Sep 9, 2014, 8:10 PM
Kind of speaks for itself.

(And uh, the original iPhone, the Mac Pro, and every OS release they've done comes to mind.)
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T Bone

Sep 9, 2014, 9:54 PM
All of those things you mentioned was announced with a specific release date, 'here is the thing you can buy on this exact date'....it has always been 'today is August 1, this will be in your hand on August 25' that sort of thing, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS with a specific date for release, a date only 2-3 weeks away at most.

Making an announcement 'we plan on making this one day but we don't know when' is just SO LAME.

Seriously, the reason why the term 'vaporware' exists is because companies tend to announce things that they have no intention of ever releasing simply to prevent people from buying a competitor's product.

'Let's announce this thing that we may never actually release because that will keep people from buying our competi...
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bluecoyote

Sep 9, 2014, 10:17 PM
When they originally announced the Mac Pro, no release date. Same with the iPhone. Same with every OS release. In fact, if anything, the Mac Pro's release date was even -more- vague.

And again, Apple's got a pretty damn solid track record. Not only that, they've got a full-fledged SDK and have demo apps and infrastructure pledges from pretty major companies (SPG, American Airlines, etc.) You seriously mean to tell me if 'never releasing' this was on the table Apple would risk this credibility?

Occams Razor - Apple announced this before it was ready to ship to build up developer and consumer enthusiasm for the new form factor (for Apple) , and for vital services that will make-or-break the device (like Pay) to become entrenched.
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haggard2.0

Sep 10, 2014, 8:56 AM
Exactly that. Within the first few months of 2015. The fact they had over an hour and half on the 3 separate models for their show and the CEO was determined to have this made, I would bet anything it will be released. 2015 is 3 months away, I would expect this thing to be out within 3-6 months.
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