by mid-August, I'll be playing with a iPad4.
losing interest by the week,
Interesting. If those were your options, what were the criteria you were using to select? "Very small computing devices creating media buzz?" Because it's not obvious what else they have in common. Sorry to be off-topic.
Yeah, I'll join you on this off-topic rant. I hate to think how many people ordered one just because there was buzz about it and/or thinking they can make money by selling it on eBay.
Similar devices already exist, in mass quantities, and are in stock, and are ready to be delivered today. You can overnight a beagleboard, beaglebone, or any number of arm dev kits, sold by the same online store where you are frantically checking your order. Further, it will do even more than the Pi, but they cost a bit more as I'm sure you've noticed.
The whole point of the RPi was making it affordable, and that takes careful design, and then working through the manufacturing process to keep costs low, which takes time. Why do you think we see products at a trade show, and then they aren't in stores for 2-6 months... because the company didn't want to make money sooner? If anything the Raspberry Pi foundation has been more transparent than any for-profit corporation would have been about the process.
Another pet peeve of mine is that the Arduino and it's clones are better suited to some of the uses I've seen posted around the net. Some people are overly concerned with the limited ability of the GPIO pins, PWM, I2C, I2S, etc... it's silly, people, the Pi is not for every project. It's an Operating System based device, NOT a real-time micro controller where things can be strictly prioritized. The RPi is NOT a linux based arduino as some people are thinking of it. Arduinos are excellent for what they do. They cost about the same as the RPi, and you can order one of those and get it delivered next-day as well if you so desire.