Definition of vaporware
: a computer-related product that has been widely advertised but has not and may never become available
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That ’Ring time puts the ZL1 1LE in the company of near-vaporware from carmakers such as Gumpert, Radical, and Donkervoort.
Moreover, some of the Trump administration plans that seemed to point toward higher inflation and higher interest rates are looking like vaporware.
In the auto industry, Musk’s production assertions are viewed as the manufacturing equivalent of vaporware—an advance that is promised but has very little chance of becoming a reality.
The City Is an Advertisement Three years after interactive television fizzled into vaporware, the cable industry is at it again.
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The practice of marketing products before they are available for sale is common to many industries, but especially the computer industry, where technological advancement is rapid and competition cutthroat. Unforeseen glitches occasionally result in the marketing of products that ultimately never see the light of day. Since the 1980s, such phantom computer products have been referred to by the word vaporware, which is modeled after familiar computer terms such as software and hardware. The word plays on the humorous notion of vapors being equated with rumors surrounding the development of a product that appears to be on its way but that never actually materializes.
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