Yeah, but I think there's a whole bunch of stuff being added to 0.12.1.0 that was not originally meant to be in 0.12.1.0 at the time he made that statement.https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/august-2016-development-update.10018/
Evans message was Aug 2, so, pub testing is 2 weeks late.
Also, bringing some of the 0.12.2.0 guys up to speed is probably sucking up a lot more time than expected.
Evolve, adapt, improve, overcome...
I hope 0.12.1.0 makes me eat some of my words. Hoping for blockchain-only mini-DAPI pilot and a budget that is less retarded...