According to a report from DigiTimes, Foxlink, the connector suppliers of the PlayBook stated that the delay for the BlackBerry PlayBook was due to Apple.
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.
It is known that Apple reserve parts in long-term deals to secure the parts for better pricing for future projects, such as iPads and iPhones. Most people also believe that Apple’s $3.9 Billion investment in the iPhone and iPad display took up most of the world’s touch capacity screens.
In a business point-of-view, this is probably a strategic decision to defend themselves from major competitors, like RIM. Do you think Apple’s strategy has worked? Or are you too frustrated with Apple right now, so you don’t know?