Everyone here continues to work hard on the new IDE and we think you're really going to love it. Feature development is done but there are still bugs that need to be fixed. We plan for a much longer testing cycle to make sure that the new IDE is solid before we ship it.
That said, we know you depend on us for regular updates. We have fixed a lot of bugs and added some nice new framework features since our last release. So in order to get you an update and have adequate time to test the new IDE, we are going to change the schedule a bit.
Today we are releasing 2012 R2 beta 1 to our beta testers. This is the current IDE with the updated framework. Real Studio 2012 R2 will ship in December.
Today we are also releasing 2013 R1 alpha 1 to our alpha testers. This release includes the new IDE and will move to beta around the end of the year. Assuming testing goes well, we will ship 2013 R1 sometime in the first quarter of next year. The previously announced pricing change will take effect with the release of 2013 R1.
The new IDE for OS X is a Cocoa application. This part of our criteria for changing the Cocoa framework from beta to shipping: shipping an IDE built with the Cocoa framework. So beginning with 2013 R1, Cocoa will no longer be beta and will be the default build framework for OS X applications.
2012 has been an unusual year for us. From 2005 through 2011 we released every 90 days. We expect to be back on our regular, quarterly release schedule in 2013.
Again, we want the new IDE to be solid and that means taking some extra time to get it right. Your patience is appreciated.