WOW, talk about a round-trip rumor. From here to there back to here. Well, that's a rumor for you.
Ronnie, I have no problem with you posting whatever you want, especially on another forum
- especially since in my opinion it was pretty clear it was a joke, as I pointed out. Just wanted to point out that it had no bearing in reality. Like almost all the rumors seen around the web. I love rumors myself, they are exciting, but everybody just keep in mind they are just that: rumors.
I have a pretty good idea of how things work in the software world, as my wife is responsible for a big application (in Windows-land). She is the one who decides to announce new releases, and to decide on a release date. I see how that works. Most of the time, she doesn't know on Friday morning if they are going to release the product on Friday evening. Or they announce a date, but it gets pushed back at the last minute.
Granted, Apple is a bigger company, but I'm pretty sure it works much the same way. Maybe Apple hasn't even decided on a release date yet. Maybe they have a release date, but even if they do, that doesn't mean much as there are so many reasons that could make them push it back. The comment "I'm a beta-tester" is pretty funny also, since beta-testers are the first ones to NOT know anything about release dates, or announcement dates.
So what do we have?
In reality, there is no such thing as a release date, and even if there is it doesn't mean much and is likely to change at the last minute. And even if there is, it is so closely guarded that only a few people know. Not only are those people contractually tied by military style NDA (meaning if they leak the info, they could be sued - that has happened in the past), but they could lose their job, and risk their co-workers jobs at the same time.
If you look back in forums, I remember posts rumoring Logic 8 back in 2005.
So all in all, it's always a good laugh to watch people get all excited around such rumors. I say read them, get excited about them for a couple of minutes, and go back to producing music in L7, without giving it much more thought.