I had to read it a couple times in disbelief, but did FrameWork actually state in their 2nd FW16 update sent out yesterday, that mass production is set to begin December 8th? With only a week to go, that’s great news if nothing slips further.
Whoa. Can’t believe I missed that. I was pretty much only looking for dates when reading through that latest email.
However, I think you need to read the rest of the words in that sentence. That could just mean that’s the target date for the firmware release. Not 100% clear though, and either way, it’s just a target. The next item still says trending late, so there’s some rain on the parade already.
It would match with the first part of the eMail, where they write about the motherboard production that has started this week. Don’t know anything about the procedure, but I suppose they keep them until they have the final firmware version?
This is what I thought at first as well, but I believe what they may have actually been trying to say is 12/8 is the target date to deliver the firmware release to be used for mass-production units.
From the way it’s written, I also understood it this way. They want the firmware, that hey install on all devices, they’ll ship to be done by 12/8. So it only tells us, that mass production (of the assembled product) won’t start before 12/8. Looks like it won’t be here for Christmas.
Not sure this helps, but when I read the email I assumed the entire paragraph was about the firmware, hence also the date.
I am almost certain that the 8 December date is just an internal target that is intended to time box the firmware QA/QC process. There are still a variety of other things that have to happen (which are documented in the update as well) before the finished product starts rolling off of the assembly line.
I would expect some form of a progress update around 8 December but that is about it.
And I agree the timing of the firmware tells us that we will not see the laptop this year - although I do believe Framework is going to work on it against the clock all December.