The next major version of Apple’s media software platform, iTunes ’11, will not be arriving tomorrow as had originally been planned, but will instead arrive next month as the company works to iron out some last minute bugs. According to CNET, Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr has said that the company has decided to delay the release of iTunes ’11 to get the software right before release.
The statement is pretty vague on the details, but seems to be related to bug fixes if you read between the lines. “The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right…We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November”
This may be one of the first indications that Apple will no longer be shipping software early, unless it is in a completely stable and feature-full form, rather than some software that has had a release forced by an arbitrary schedule.