There has been a lot of speculation as to the release date of Final Draft 9, but I have the definitive answer now: Public demos will begin at the end of this month, and the release date will be early 2014, specifically January 6th. The new features are listed here.
There are a number of worldwide user groups at the end of the month to this effect, but the first worldwide demo of Final Draft 9 will be at London Screenwriter’s Festival 2013. I will of course report back from there.
Updated with specific release date and link to new features.
Further Update: Check out the side-by-side review of FD9 vs Fade In Pro.