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Apple Responsible for BlackBerry PlayBook Delay?



Apple may be the culprit behind Research in Motion‘s delayed launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, which is now said to be delayed for up to a month after the April 19th release date. According to a report by DigiTimes, RIM may be having difficulties in securing enough touchscreen displays for the company’s $500 7-inch tablet as Apple may have secured inventory of larger touchscreen panels for its own iPad 2 tablet.

As a result, the PlayBook, which was slated to be released in a WiFi-only version in the first quarter of this year, may see its launch date pushed back and the device will launch a month after the iPad 2 began shipping.

In the past, there were early reports that RIM was having difficulties in delivering a device that had adequate battery life, but the BlackBerry-maker quickly denied those rumors stating that it would offer comparable battery life to devices on the market today. The company recently announced support for Android software titles to run on the PlayBook, which will launch with the BlackBerry Tablet OS powered by QNX.

Additionally, another cause of the delay may be due to RIM further testing its software. We had also heard earlier rumors that RIM had anticipated to launch the PlayBook late last year, but problems with its CPU partner caused the company to switch CPU providers and launch in 2011 instead.

The company was also criticized by members of the media for the lack of native email client. The company says that users can pair a BlackBerry smartphone through the use of a secure Bluetooth connection called BlackBerry Bridge to view emails on the phone on the tablet’s larger display. The company will later provide a software update to enable native BlackBerry email viewing on the tablet.

The PlayBook is expected to come in 4G WiMax support for Sprint’s network later this summer. RIM has said that it is looking at 4G LTE and HSPA models, though release dates and availability of those models were not announced.



  1. Anonymous

    04/07/2011 at 2:33 pm

    i’m just curious why is this article in the news? yes i read it, and still can’t understand why is this article in the news? the more i think about it, the author wanted to put the word apple in his article. because less people will read about RIM playbook article.

  2. BlackberryLovers

    04/07/2011 at 2:45 pm

    It is in the new dumb head because there is a world outside Apple that is more exciting !!!

  3. Jettgerbil

    04/07/2011 at 2:49 pm

    You cannot be serious….the Playbooks are obvivously made, and being shipped to the retailers within the next few days.
    Anyone with half a brain would realize that you cannot have tens of Thousands of units, of anything out to stroes, without lead time, that means the product in warehouses ready to ship well before the expected date, common sense would dictate that when RIMM announced the date the product was either in transit, or in the warehouses for shipment.
    For crying out loud it would take at least a week to 10 days just to clear USA, or Canadian customs.
    You would have to be rather simple to think that the product was sent from the manufacturer to the Retailer with only a few days lead time.
    Additionally, your assumption is that both Apple and RIMM source this stuff from the same suppliers.

    This is like some of the earlier drivel about the Playbook, concerning, battery life.

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