In conversations, I learned about something that is troubling from a long-term point of view. Unlike in the Jobs era, when the company would ship features when they were ready for primetime, a culture of schedule-driven releases has become commonplace.
Jim Dalrymple, today, quoting Tom Neumayr from Apple:
The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right.
So the way I see it one of three things has happened:
- iTunes 11 is in such poor shape there is simply no way they could release it.
- Apple has quickly learned from the Maps debacle (and Siri) and decided to revert back to the waiting until its ready deployment schedule.
- Malik’s anecdote is full of shit and Apple never switched to a schedule driven company.
I know where my money is and it’s not with anything associated to bodily functions.