BlackBerry PlayBook delays caused by iPad 2 touchscreen demand

BlackBerry PlayBook delays caused by iPad 2 touchscreen demandThe BlackBerry PlayBook is pencilled in to launch next week, but according to Taiwan's DigiTimes there's every chance it might not make it.

And if you're looking for someone to blame, cast your eye in the direction of a certain Mr S Jobs, because it seems it's the iPad 2's popularity that's to blame.

DigiTimes claims that PlayBook shipments have been knocked back by a month from RIM's original schedule, partly due to unforeseen delays in software testing, but mainly because Apple has gobbled up so many touch panels to satisfy demand for the iPad 2 that stocks are running low for everyone else.

The iPad officially went on sale in the US on March 11, and internationally a fortnight later, but demand has been so high that Apple has struggled to keep up. And that's bad news not only for the PlayBook but for other tablets too, as it doesn't look like Apple will be slowing down its iPad 2 production anytime soon.

The BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7in screen and runs RIM's QNX operating system. It'll be compatible not only with RIM's own apps, but with Android apps too.

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tdawg  Apr. 8, 2011 at 10:30

But was it high demand or low supply that's keeping the ipad a rarity? Wasn't it this very site that reported a certain national phone shop only getting 1 single unit of stock per store?

Stelph  Apr. 8, 2011 at 10:57

Well that just craxy, the article seems to suggest that as the iPad 2 is so popular then Apple are buying/using all the touchscreens leaving none behind for the playbook, which completely ignores the fact that the 7" playbook and 10" ipad would never use the same touchscreens!

What it probably meant was that all manufacturing was focused on the 10" screens, meaning limited time to manufacture the 7" screens

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 8, 2011 at 11:23

you're right, stelph - that, I think, is the point.

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