FORTUNE -- "It's a Christmas miracle," joked Daring Fireball's John Gruber Wednesday. He was talking about Apple's (AAPL) announcement that its high-end "Darth Vader" MacPro would be available for sale Thursday -- making good the promise marketing VP Phil ("Can't innovate anymore, my ass") Schiller made in June that the machine would ship in December.
Then Gruber added:
"And [there was] no surprise 4K Cinema Display announcement, which means that if you want a new 4K display (or three) to go with your new Mac Pro, dude you're getting a Dell. All joking aside, I'm disappointed and a little baffled that Apple doesn't yet have a 4K display. It's un-Apple-like to leave money on the table."
As promised, the MacPro appeared on Apple's online store Thursday morning, starting at $2,999. But as it turns out, it's neither a Christmas miracle nor a windfall for Dell (DELL). If you order a MacPro today, shipping isn't guaranteed before Dec. 30 -- way too late for Santa -- and, dude, the 4K monitor offered for sale on the site is Sharp's (SCHAY), not Dell's.
Why isn't Apple making the monitor? Three theories:
UPDATE: As of 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the best Apple could promise would-be MacPro customers was a February ship date. It's President's Day miracle!
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There's a lot more to the relationship than the rumors of an Apple-branded TV suggest
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The thrust of Paczkowski's story -- Apple Television Could Be Ready for Commercial Production by Feb. 2012 -- was echoed Wednesday by more than a dozen writers who had only his brief item to rely on.
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