The company expects to begin shipping in the US in late first quarter of 2013.
Probably it take some more months at least following my experience in the Netherlands. The roll out apperently is a big effort. The new pods definitely are smaller. I am less happy with the new PDM. You first have to identify yourself. I find this quite annoying. On the other hand its reach is now more than 50 cm.
so you really have to identify yourself w/ that splash screen every time? Ugh. No bueno.
And by "reach" do you mean the range that it will communicate with the pod?
No, not everytime, just when you first power it on from the factory. It's just the old "My Info" area, but requested at first startup now rather than having to dig through menus to find and get it done. It's a great thing. Plus, I'm sure you don't really have to put true info in there anyway. Nobody's forcing you to type in something if you don't want to. So don't worry barend, you can keep stelthy if you want to.