Anyone else less than excited or impressed by today's announcement? I was already bummed the moment it became clear they wouldn't be announcing a refresh for the MacBook line, seeing how I've been waiting since May to buy a new Retina model, thanks to said impending refresh, but I digress. An iPhone 5 in plastic pastels, and another 5 with a fingerprint scanner.

*cough*

As if that wasn't anti-climactic enough, I just learned that there will be no pre-order for the 5S, only the 5C. It looks like there is an ordering portal in place on Apple's website, which may go live on the 20th, and they simply aren't offering any pre-orders on the 13th like they are the 5C. Obviously the stock constraints due to hard to produce fingerprint scanners were true and not just rumors, which makes me wonder why Apple is pushing for such a huge international release (read: China) if they can't make enough of the stupid things to satisfy demand in their own headquarters country.

It was said of Tim Cook before he ever took the big chair that he was an amazing master of logistics. Why, then, has every launch under his leadership been such a letdown? Stock outs, bad batches, production problems, and accusations of illegal labor practices are abundant. What kind of dog and pony show is Cook running, and why are the shareholders remaining silent despite the continued downward slide Apple stock has taken over the last 7 months?

Anyway, those are a few of my thoughts after today's announcements. We'll see how things progress over the next few weeks.