“Where the heck is iTunes 11?!?” That’s the question many have been asking since it’s now the end of October and Apple has yet to fulfill its promise to release the new software. Back at the iPhone 5 media event last month, Apple unveiled the all-new iTunes 11 and said that it would arrive in October. The month has come and gone without a word from Apple… until now.
Apple has just confirmed via an official spokesperson that the release of iTunes 11 has been pushed back until November. Apparently there are some kinks that still need to be ironed out.
CNET has the statement:
“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.”
Interestingly, Apple released another un-overwhelmingly positive press release yesterday announcing the departure of iOS executive Scott Forstall and retail chief John Browett. Personality clashes within the executive team reportedly played a big role in the management shakeup. “I’m not surprised his [Forstall’s] style continued to ruffle feathers, but I’m shocked that it cost him his job,” said former Apple employee Matt Drance.
Earlier today, GigaOm described an alarming shift in corporate culture at Apple under the reign of Tim Cook. Recently the company has begun to care more about release dates and less about perfecting products before they go public:
The time-based schedule is one of the reasons why Siri and Maps arrived as half-baked products and were met with derision. Many engineers inside Apple could foresee problems with Maps. Why? Because Maps were driven by a time schedule.
Looks like Apple is trying to make sure it doesn’t repeat the Maps fiasco again. The webpage for iTunes 11 has been updated with a new “coming in November” banner. The exact release date still remains unknown.