Apple‘s ambitions and extraordinary size may affect its rivals in unanticipated ways.
Consider Research in Motion. Citing sources from touch screen panel makers, Taiwanese-based Digitimes reported that RIMs shipments of its PlayBook tablet were delayed for roughly a month from their original schedule due to two factors: a delay in software testing as well as shortage of touch panels because Apple already booked up most of the available capacity.”
That Apple could produce such an effect seems plausible.
Citing an analyst with Morgan Stanley, Apple Insider reported earlier this year that Apple has made a $3.9 billion supply investment that could be used to purchase tens of millions of displays for iPhones and iPads.
The iPad is the dominant market leader in the early stages of the tablet wars, but many believe PlayBooks debut on April 19 is RIMs chance at redemption after seeing its smartphone share plummet in the last couple of years.
The PlayBook will compete with the second-generation iPad and the Motorola Xoom.
Consumer Reports revealed this week that the Xoom has established itself as the chief competitor to the iPad 2.