Taiwanese site DigiTimes claims Apple bought up so many touch panels that its Canadian competitor just couldn’t get its tablet built in time. Having originally been slated for a release in the first quarter of 2011 PlayBook is now going on sale on April 19th.
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 7 inch PlayBook is expected to be one the iPad’s main competitors once launched due to RIM’s strong foothold in Enterprise. With so many IT departments already running BlackBerry systems adding PlayBooks to the infrastructure could make more sense than iPads.
Apple currently holds huge cash reserves which clearly helped the company pay over the odds in order to ensure as many iPad 2’s made their way into stores as possible. The Cupertino outfit used similar tactics in the past, buying up much of the world’s supply of NAND memory for its iPods, iPads and iPhones. When Apple buys parts, they do it in bulk!
Whether RIM’s PlayBook proves to be a real challenger to the iPad 2’s crown remains to be seen, but any competition is good competition in our book so good luck to them!