Apple is to blame for the delayed launch for the BlackBerry PlayBook, industry insiders have claimed.
Research In Motion’s (RIM) first-ever tablet computer had been due to land early during the first quarter of 2011. However, unexplained delays mean it’s now arriving in the core markets of the US and Canada on April 19th.
According to sources cited by Digitimes, the root cause of the lag in getting the PlayBook to market is that the screen supplier RIM contracted was also committed to making displays for the iPad.
The unnamed parts maker was reportedly simply unable to service demand for displays for both tablets, leaving RIM kicking its heels and rueing Apple’s aggressive approach to deals with component suppliers.
Digitimes states: "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.''
The PlayBook is far from the only sought-after bit of kit likely to miss its original appointed release this year, after the Japanese earthquake disaster caused component shortages across the industry.
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