iPad 2 Demand May Have Caused BlackBerry PlayBook Delay



A one month delay to the launch of RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook may have been down to Apple’s high demand for touch panels for its iPad 2. The 7-inch PlayBook is set to launch on April 19th at $499, but shipments were postponed for about a month because RIM couldn’t get its hands on enough touch panels.

Citing sources from touch screen manufacturers, a DigiTimes report says the PlayBook setback was “due to a delay in software testing as well as shortage of touch panels because Apple already booked up most of the available capacity.”

Thanks to Apple’s abundance of cash reserves, the Cupertino company can pre-pay for components and get guaranteed priority from manufacturers. This means that RIM’s PlayBook – a tablet which aims to rival the iPad – won’t launch now until at least a month after the iPad 2 began shipping. It was originally scheduled for release during the first quarter of this year.

[via AppleInsider]

  • sangony

    Cash is king.

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

    It’s not as if anyone is going to be waiting on line to pick up the PlayBook. The delay will matter little to anyone except RIM. The touch panel shortage will continue to persist for the rest of the tablet industry so I wouldn’t count on any tablet vendor getting high enough production to affect iPad 2 sales. Analysts are so clueless about the iPad 2 being challenged in 2011. 50 or so Android tablet vendors all fighting over components leaves very few components to go around.

  • CharliK

    More like the earthquake caused the delay. The companies probably still have a contract to finish with Apple but the fall out of the earthquake has put them behind schedule.

  • CharliK

    Course not, because this is a business focused tablet. Which is perhaps the one smart move RIM made since no one can break the consumer market hold that the ipad has achieved.

    So they likely have sales reps calling all the businesses with large blackberry use and getting them signed up and then it will ship from factory to company. No lines needed (and no free press over it)

    That is if the businesses haven’t already bought iPads and Slates