Damn. I was anticipating iTunes 11 to be delivered either sometime today or tomorrow, but it looks like we’ll all have to wait another month for this update.
Truth be told, I was beginning to suspect that something was amiss. It’s unlike Apple to wait until the last day of a promised release period (literally) to launch an anticipated product. However, given the recent debacle over Apple Maps, as Peter Kafka pointed out in his AllThingD post, it’s very likely that the launch was delayed because of features that weren’t quite ready to ship per Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr. My take is that Apple could easily churn out UI changes with relative lightning speed. More than likely there were issues discovered with the full-library search, expanded album view, or iCloud integration. My money’s on iCloud integration, or at least the redesign of the iTunes store to allow for proper integration within the new iTunes.
Regardless of the reason for the delay, I think it was a necessary step. Given the lingering issues with Apple Maps, recent product offerings from Microsoft, Amazon and Google, and the recent management shake up, it’s obvious that Apple – now more than ever – needs to step up its game and project an air of confidence which says while Steve may be gone, they still know what they’re doing and that they will not just continue to meet expectations for both consumers and the market, they will far exceed them.