Aluminium; Final Choice Deadlines; PCBs; microSD cards
So - four updates for you: Aluminium; Final Choice Deadlines; PCBs; microSD cards
We have got the T2 prototypes through for the precision machined and anodised aluminium Nifty MiniDrive parts!
They are looking a LOT better than they did previously. The green is still not quite right but is getting much closer - we will avoid passing judgement until actually held, under natural light, to the pantone reference.
However, there has been a marked improvement in the quality of the machining finish and consistency of the anodisation - we are very close to sign off on these. We should start the machining run in the next week, during which we can sort out the last colour issues as well. We are happy with the red, pink, blue and silver - just need to nail the green. Here is one for the MiniDrive Air - pre finishing and anodisation:
Final Choice Deadlines
So - it is finally almost upon us! We are very, very excited about this, and more than a touch nervous.
If anyone still needs to change their model/colour choice, you can still do that here:
We will be finalising all choice of models over this weekend (weekend of the 3rd & 4th of November 2012) - after this your choice of colour and model will be fixed as we will be going into production of the aluminium shortly after that (and we need a little time to collate all the order data!).
Therefore - the deadline to change your model & colour choice is midnight (Pacific standard time) on Friday the 2nd of November.
You can still change your address, using the same link above; but we expect to start finalising those in the next couple of weeks.
There has been positive developments in these too - as you can see, the placement of the logo is a little off (this is being rectified), but the resolution has been greatly improved, and the black coating is now uniform and smooth.
GOLD me hearties!
A new batch has already been ordered and we are perfecting the solder re-flow process to take account of the issues seen in the T1 run caused by the different thickness of the two PCBs.
This has been a source of a huge amount of heartache for both of us - as you guys know, we got a great price on the microSD cards. However, between the time of the quote and us attempting to place a purchase order, there have been significant supply constraints that has moved the memory market considerably against us.
The reasons we have been given for this are very varied - including large flash memory supply shortages in the market caused by demand for the iPhone 5 and new iPads, as well as general supply tightening due to the Christmas quarter. Whatever the reasons, all our contacts are staying they haven't seen the memory market this constrained this early for a long time.
As a result our cost of purchase for microSD cards has risen to above what we have sold them to you for. Thus it is with a heavy heart that we have to stop our special "kickstarter backer" price for microSD cards as of the time of this post.
We have been doing everything we can to find a way around this and are very sorry to those of you who missed out - this certainly will not be our last promotion of this sort, but at this moment it seems to be a battle we cannot win and delivering the MiniDrive to you guys is our most important priority.
For those of you who have already purchased the microSD cards from us, we will honour our deal and take the loss as an important business and life lesson. This will in no way affect our supplying of the MiniDrives to you all, and we will make it right personally if need be.
All the best,
Piers & Steve