I hope that's not true, since it's $1000 cheaper than the IS version, and I use my 70-200 f/2.8L all the time. Since I went full-frame, it's my most-used, most versatile lens. Shooting bands, I usually use 1/160 shutter speed and run it f/2.8 and get great close-ups of band members playing user stage lights with no flash, and it's a great indoor lens for a big venue (although not so useful in a tighter indoor venue like a house).
hmmm...that's got me a'thinkin ...lol.
I wonder if the value of it will go up now. Either way, I plan on using mine for at least another year!