On Jan 18, 2006, at 1:27 AM, Laurence Harris wrote:
>> Personally, I'm just happy for those that bought the DTK are getting
>> something other than a $999 hole in their wallet.
> I'm afraid I've been misunderstood. I'm happy for those people too.
> I'm just
> less than happy for the people who would have gotten one if they
> had known
> how it would turn out but didn't because they took what Apple said
> at face
It doesn't take too much of a stretch to interpret this move as Apple
making good on their initial promise.
As I recall (I don't have the original material in front of me) your
$999 got you a transition kit that you could use to developer Intel
version of your software through the middle/end of 2006. Due to
changes required for the production hardware, 10.4.4 doesn't run on
the DTK machines. In order to make good on their promise that you'd
have a machine to develop on through the end of 2006, they have to a)
give you new hardware or b) maintain 10.4.4 such that it runs on
prototype hardware that no one (besides developers) will ever see.
The former is also a nice carrot to get the prototype systems back to
Apple in a timely manner.