According to a report, the delay to RIM’s PlayBook tablet may be because Apple booked up every available touch panel production capacity.
It has been reported that RIM’s 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook, set to be released on April 19 for $499, could have met some trouble in gaining enough supply of touch display panels to produce the device because Apple has already purchased the largest share of the touch display production capacity.
Quoting sources from touch screen panel makers, the report said PlayBook shipments were delayed for about a month “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 launch of the tablet was originally been scheduled in the first quarter of 2011. However, the PlayBook will now be shipped one month after the release of iPad 2.
In the later part last year, an analyst recommended that RIM was having problems in engineering the PlayBook to get more than a “few hours” of battery life. On the other hand, RIM denied this and promised that the tablet would have a “superior performance with comparable battery life.”
A $3.9 billion secret long-term investment is believed to be reserved by Apple in the world’s available production capacity. With more than $50 billion in cash reserves, Apple is known to pre-pay for components to ensure priority and favorable pricing.
In spite of denials by AU executive president Paul Peng, rumors ran in the previous week that Apple made an agreement with AU Optronics to supply LCD screens for the iPad 2.
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