Ah! It is going to take a little while for devices to get into distribution channels (although I suspect May might be and over-estimation). If you want it right away, order directly from the company. One would hope that every companies' new model is an improvement on the old one. I personally was ready to buy the DaVinci (literally minutes away) when I found out about the Ascent, and decided it was worth the wait. The all glass path, better battery, different form factor, programmable temp patterns, etc. were all incentives. Of course on the other hand, buying right out of the gate an "untested" product, one assumes the risks of undiscovered bugs/issues. But, personally, I think that to be a minimal risk, and the company has a good track record with their previous customers, so I'm not that concerned.