Research In Motion had delayed the launch of its PlayBook tablet because of Apple, according to a report that said Apple had consumed most of the touch panel supplies for iPad 2, forcing RIM to delay the launch of PlayBook. PlayBook was originally scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2011, but its launch was then postponed to April 19.
The delay might prove costly for RIM as Pad 2 was launched in the intervening period and is already a runaway hit among users. Even otherwise, Apple has huge cash reserves with which it can pre pay its suppliers to make sure they give preference to its orders. Apple also manages to get favourable pricing from its suppliers.
An analyst had earlier suggested that RIM was probably struggling with the battery life of its tablet. RIM, though, contradicted the theory.
The operating system of PlayBook, QNX, is still under development and is expected to be shipped without a native email client, which is similar to that of the outlook feature in our PCs.