Perhaps given the situation, boards will be tested and prepped as they come to hand then, when a batch of say a few hundred have built up, they\'ll go off to shipping. That\'ll mean that the whole 10k don\'t need to be dealt with before shipping commences.
In fact, given the tight deadlines the Pi team appear to be running under, I imagine that the aim will be to have some
stock ready for release date, with a constant stream coming down the pipeline thereafter. This would mean that the earliest orderers may well get hardware before Christmas (just) and the rest will filter through during the New Year. and early January.
As the demand is gauged, then the next batch will undoubtedly go into production sooner or later. Hopefully sooner!
I don\'t envy the sort of Christmas the team have let themselves in for. I just hope they get the opportunity to take some time off and relax from the pressure us loons have been putting them under!
I'm just a bouncer, splatterers do it with more force.....