An Apple product that ... ships late? No way!

Well, maybe...

There’s a week to go before Apple’s commitment to release the iPhone Software Developers Kit in February runs out of room. I’m hearing from one source that its going to be late. I’m not yet hearing any reasons why, and it’s sounding like the official release date could slide by anywhere from one to three weeks.

Apple had no comment, and as yet there’s no word on any events related to an SDK release next week. However I’m also hearing that the situation is fluid, and a lot of last-minute decisions are close to being made about what precisely will or will not be disclosed next week, if anything. There are, apparently, a lot of moving parts to something this complex.

Regarding schedules, there's nothing as embarassing as announcing a ship date and then missing it (reference: Vista, Leopard), but something like the iPhone SDK is so arbitrary, schedule-wise, that I'm not sure this matters much. If it ships in February or March, whatever, as long as it's good.