Are you sure those were API issues ?
I remember the discussion about *implementation* issues (specifically the function that put the decoded image into a form that could be used by OpenGL wasn't working) but I don't remember any discussion saying that the API itself would need to change.
gbeauche's recent post mentioned *API* issues, implying that if we released the current API it would need to change anyways. I don't remember seeing discussion about API issues before.
Hmm, i can remember that as well. I might be confusing things a bit now.