A RIM insider claims company co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has lied about why its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 devices have been delayed, saying the real reason is that neither the hardware nor the software are anywhere near ready.
Lazaridis revealed recently that the new product line would only land in the second half of next year, suggesting that delays in the arrival of a new 4G LTE chipset were to blame.
BlackBerry 10, or BBX as it was known until recently, is already being seen as a make-or-break move for the increasingly troubled Canadian firm, so hearing that it might still be the best part of a year before we get to see it in action is hardly what RIM needs right now.
But according to an unnamed insider quoted by BGR, the reality is much worse than that.
“RIM is simply pushing this out as long as they can for one reason, they don’t have a working product yet,” the source claims, before adding that at this stage the next-generation platform couldn't hold its own against even iOS 1.0 or Android 2.0.
Strong claims indeed, so much so in fact that RIM has gone to the lengths of issuing an official press release in response, dismissing the claims as “inaccurate and uninformed”.
“As RIM has previously explained, and as Mike Lazaridis reiterated on the earnings call, we will not launch BlackBerry 10 devices until we know they are ready and we believe this new chipset architecture is required to deliver the world-class user experience that our customers will expect. Any suggestion to the contrary is simply false,” the release reads.
“We appreciate the interest in our future platform and we will continue to work hard to deliver that platform as soon as possible.”