Success of iPad Causes Delays for BlackBerry PlayBook

Due to the success of the Apple iPad and the amount of devices it needs to fulfil orders, it seems to have caused a delay for the BlackBerry PlayBook to be launched. Digitimes is reporting that Apple took most of the available capacity which in turn, didn’t leave enough for a PlayBook launch.

Sources from touch screen panel makers also pointed out that PlayBook shipments were postponed for about a month from the original schedule due to a delay in software testing as well as shortage of touch panels because Apple already booked up most of the available capacity.

As well as screen shortages being rumored for the delays, we also hear that there were some delays with the software testing of the device. We won’t know for sure either way until (and if) RIM makes a formal announcement.

The PlayBook will be launching in the US on April 19 and will have a price tag of $499. From what we have seen and tested, the PlayBook does very well and with the QNX OS it uses, will make a worthy iPad 2 competitor.

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