Three months (a quarter year) ago, I wrote about the slow rollout of OS 6.0 on existing BlackBerrys. Most of what I said then is still relevant now.
Research in Motion launched their newest BlackBerry operating system (version 6.0) with the release of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 on August 12th. At the time they promised that the OS update was coming soon to some other devices such as the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and 9650.
The end result is that as a developer all of the new features and APIs that OS6 offers will go unused. There are alot of cool options in the new operating system, but the vast majority of users are unable to use them.
From Universal Search, to the Webkit based browser, to more mundane things like the ActivityIndicatorView API, there are plenty of advantages of upgrading to OS 6.0, and RIM is denying their customers the opportunity to have the best possible experience if they take so long to pass these upgrades along. The webkit browser was first showed off on the 9700 over 10 months ago, it should not take that long for features to get from the developers to the general public.