I don’t know about the idea of September 15, that’s just the official availability date for the Clip+, I believe. Implementing the anticipated updates to the Clip firmware makes sense, at least the timing issue and folder navigation do.
As we see with the release of the Clip+, the delay in updating the existing Clip comes to light. Naturally, the QA process on the new devices took priority, and that means manpower. At least the current Clip firmware doesn’t have anything major that borks the player, or causes it to freeze up. It’s pretty trouble-free, which is a good thing.
The new Clip+ is very similar in function to the base Clip, so a firmware track for the rev 1 / rev 2 devices is mostly an issue of refinements, rather than nuts-and-bolts redesign.
Remember, it’s logical for the new device to have features of its own, that’s the way things go. It does have several hardware changes, like the µSD card, and a new power switch arrangement that I really like. It’s a breath of fresh air to do away with the slider switch.
As it is, the Clip is a few refinements away from getting my personal “two thumbs up”. Then, it’s time to explore the new toy’s possibilities!