I read that same post as well. He said that he heard from a friend who has a friend that he thinks works at Weber say there was an issue with temperature swings on the Weber PID controller. Weber allegedly delayed the release to address this issue. I don't know how much faith I have in a rumor from a friend of a friend. But you know how these things go, the more it is repeated in these forums the more it gets exaggerated and the higher the perceived truth.I have heard(don't have a source) from a forum to where someone said they knew someone who works for Weber and they are having lots of issues with temp swings with their PID and that's the real reason why it wasn't available this year and not till next year. That does make sense as I heard it was supposed to come out on Black Friday. So I won't say for even a milisecond that Weber's controller has one up'd Rec Tec at this point. I can attest from experience that it is insane how accurate Rec Tec's PID controller is. For hours and hours and hours, it will hold within a degree or two.
I pre-ordered my Weber SmokeFire EX6 from Lowes yesterday. With the military discount (10%) it was $1,080. Here is another rumor: I believe I heard in one of the videos that Weber is providing something extra for customers who pre-order. I hope it is a grill cover!