||We recently received this e-mail from a highly trusted, yet anonymous source who is involved with the manufacturing of the P1. It appears that Apple's original deadline of July 1st won't be met with full production runs of the P1. Only a small number of the units have been made, and due to further changes, we won't see a large-scale rollout until sometime this fall. According to our source (with some changes to protect their anonymity):
The latest I have heard from Apple is that the actual production of the P1 is going to be delayed until the Fall (I believe that it was originally scheduled for July). That does not mean that it won't be announced at MacWorld, but its release into stores won't be until at least the Fall. We got an initial run of 125 to Apple last week. I'm guessing that if they show a P1 at MacWorld, it will be one of the 125 that they have. However, I know that there will be some changes, although probably not visible changes.
The Mac Observer Spin: This is interesting to say the least! With all the pressure from Wall Street to announce this at the next Expo, it would be suicide if Apple were to delay the announcement. On the other hand, Steve Jobs has been very careful not to roll out products before they are in full production.
The biggest challenge for Apple, who has said very little about the P1 ever, is that they hit the release date projected at the Expo itself. Most of the hype around the product has come from the Web, not from Apple. They are not "late" with anything in an official capacity.A quandry to be sure, and it will be interesting to see its resolution!