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Apple may have helped delay BlackBerry PlayBook by a month

updated 10:20 pm EDT, Wed April 6, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook partly delayed by iPad builds

Apple may have inadvertently contributed to a month-long delay for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Touchscreen panel builders said late Wednesday that Apple had booked so much touchscreen production for devices like the iPad that it had triggered a shortage and made it hard for RIM to get supplies. Last-minute software testing was the only other factor mentioned by Digitimes' sources on the subject.

The claim hasn't been confirmed but has been corroborated by earlier reports. Apple has been said for months to be making most of the touchscreen orders in Taiwan. RIM had also said in one fiscal results call that it expected to see the expenses of shipping the PlayBook at the end of its quarter finishing in February but to start getting revenues at the start of the next quarter in March, implying that it had fully intended a March shipping timeframe. It ended up setting an April 19 release date.

The tablet has had a long history with mixed performance. RIM first showed the PlayBook in September but immediately set a roughly six-month wait. While praised for its speed and modern OS, the tablet was repeatedly compared against the original iPad under the assumption that Apple wouldn't have an answer anytime soon. Both the originally scheduled delay and the new, rumored gap gave Apple a large amount of time to ship an iPad 2 that negates most of the PlayBook's claimed advantages, and RIM is still rushing the release as it won't have a native e-mail client for some time after the launch.



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  1. iphonerulez

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    Let's all give a snappy salute to...

    Major Fail!

    OK, it runs Flash and the iPad 2 doesn't... happy, now. All that damn chatter about how Apple inventory is going to be disrupted and Foxconn would run out of iPad 2 components. Like it was only going to happen to Apple while they're sitting on a $60 billion war chest just waiting for an emergency to come along so they can throw a stack of cash on the table to bail them out.

  1. chas_m

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    +4

    Can't wait

    to see what Flash compatibility does to their battery life.

    When I first heard about the Playbook I thought to myself "hey, there ya go -- finally a REAL challenger to the iPad in the business space!"

    As time has passed, I'm having more and more doubts that even RIM (who, despite their general unpopularity here, have made a number of strong corporate/business products) is going to be able to pull this off in any significant way.

  1. facebook_Jeffrey

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    This will be as popular

    As the Motorola Xoom. I wonder who many RIM execs will get canned due to lackluster sales like the Xoom execs? Only a matter of time...

  1. facebook_Jeffrey

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    This will be as popular

    As the Motorola Xoom. I wonder who many RIM execs will get canned due to lackluster sales like the Xoom execs? Only a matter of time...

  1. bigmig

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    Joined: Jan 2004

    +1

    RIM should be happy about this...

    Without the delay they'd have truckloads of inventory that they couldn't sell sitting on shelves.

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