1DX shipping date? For the average punter it will be further down the line from when the 1Dx is officially released.
News organisations, big agencies and the like will have their pre-orders filled before anyone else. And with the Olympics only five minutes away, you can be sure there will be a deep, deep stock of 1DX bodies available for evaluation and multi-day use at the CPS headquarters in London.
Canon will be making elite sports shooters nervous with the non-release of the 1DX. If they ship too close to the Olympics photographers will not have had enough frontline experience with the new body to feel 100% familiar with the changes from the 1D4.
But this camera just has to be right. After the PR disaster that surrounded the release of the 1D3 they'll be taking absolutely no chances. This almost certainly accounts for the delays so far.
If they're listening to feedback from action shooters, hopefully they'll have a fix for the dreaded black AF point debacle when using AI Servo that we have seen in the 5D3. The hand built beta 1DX bodies have exactly the same design flaw. Let's hope the shipping versions have dealt with this, and that the fix will flow through to 5D3 in the form of a firmware update.