Originally Posted by Chexxchexx
I could absolutely be wrong here, but I think you may be missing the distinction between prototype and finished product. My understanding is that folks who pre-order will get the latest and greatest version of the product which could still conceivably be changed based on feedback from the pre-order group. The finished product will be the finalized production version and will have the retail packaging. I think that's what that message really means. It would be surprising if not, because things really seem to be coming together recently.
Preorder units will be the first ones coming off the real production line, so they will be production units. We will be making them in batches. Our estimate is late May, but things have been shifting around, as you can see from the blog and we are holding on with our bare teeth to keep that estimate right now.
I would very much like to have shipped some units from the first batch yet in May. The rest of the units will trickle out in June. We have a large number of preorder requests and they will be sent out according to seniority (if you have waited the longest, you will be the first one to receive a unit). We can't afford to fail here, so will push forward until done. Then, I may need to disappear for while and decompress, but not until we start shipping...
Edited by mgoodman - 4/20/13 at 1:09am