General update & schedule for August
As you can see, we have updated our brand, cool huh?
So - everything is moving on according to schedule: the material preparation will be finished by the 5th of August, at which point full assembly will start (the process has already been verified). I'm sorry that we haven't been able to do photos inside the factories this time as Foxconn is pretty strict about what is brought into any of the production areas.
However, here are some of the FAI (first article inspection) items off the pre-production line. We have decided to drop the blue plastic, but aside from that, these are identical to our full production models :-)
As you can see, we have fundamentally changed the position of the microSD card slot, this is to fix the read/write error. We have also completely re-designed the aluminium-body interface, making full destruction of the MiniDrive the only way in which the aluminium and main body can separate. Also, as no gluing is involved, it is a highly reliable and repeatable process.
During strength testing, we found that the new design was so robust the metal would often have to deform before any failure occurred.
(sorry for the fuzzy pictures, I only had have my iPhone in China)
We will have the Kickstarter warranties and replacement batch off the line first, delivered into HK on the 13th of August, where it will be split into two air freight deliveries, one for the logistics centre in North American and one for dispatch from Europe.
Dispatch to those we still owe MiniDrives should start in w/b 19th of August. If you live in North American or Northern Europe you should get your MiniDrives before the end of August, the post for those living elsewhere may mean your MiniDrive will arrive by the second week of September.
We will be sending out individual emails to all those we owe MiniDrives in the next couple of weeks with instructions for how to choose your replacement model, verify you address etc.
Please note that for this first batch we are only able to offer either silver or red. We know a small number of you will really want one of the other colors, but due to volume requirements, we were unable to do any other color in the first run. Any color other than Red and Silver cannot be manufactured until our second batch run, currently planned for October. This will be clear at the point of model selection and address verification, but just wanted to give you guys a heads up here as well.
Long boot times
Bit of a strange one here - we have had some reported cases of empty MiniDrives causing longer than expected boot times. If you are experiencing unusually long boot times, just try putting a microSD card into your MiniDrive and the problem should clear right up.
That's all from me for now, will shoot you guys another update once we are underway.
All the best,
Piers, Steve & the Nifty Team