I think all of this legal wrangling is hurting the stock. Apple needs some real closure on this for the stock to rally. Unfortunately, Samsung continues to rip off feature-after-feature with each new release.
It's not a utility patent, it's a design patent: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_patent This is just more proof that Samsung tries to copy just about every feature of Apple's products, no matter how trivial.
It seems like there is plenty of time to get this before XMAS. Given that the iPhone and iPad are the hottest device on everyone's XMAS list, I don't see how releasing this with some minimal delay is a "cock up"