Originally Posted by MRsneezy
A product or announcement is vaporware until it is released to the intended customer. in other words they are selling hot air.
Can you get this product today? No
The iPhone was until it was released vaporware but it is a physical product I own now and therefor not vaporware anymore.
How about we not dilute the meaning of the word to the point where we're grouping the iPhone together with actual vaporware, huh? Apple never so much as hinted they were working on a phone until they announced the iPhone in January of 2007. It was shipped, as promised, in June of the same year.
You want a classic example? Microsoft's Cairo.
In 1989 after leaving Apple, Steve Jobs' new company released NeXTSTEP, the first object oriented operating system. In 1991 Microsoft announced their own next generation operating system code-named Cairo, and started showing demos of its sophisticated features in order to deflate interest in NeXTSTEP. They fabricated the lie that they had something as good or better than NeXTSTEP which would be available any time soon. Five years down the road, with its mission accomplished, Microsoft ceased development on Cairo.
Edited by freediverx - 7/1/14 at 7:03am