John Paczkowski

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Did Apple's Grip on Touch Screens Hold Back PlayBook?

Research in Motion’s PlayBook tablet might have launched a month earlier were it not one thing: A shortage of touch-screen panels caused by the iPad.

Industry sources tell Taiwanese trade mag DigiTimes 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.”

Certainly sounds plausible. Apple is rumored to have has locked up nearly 60 percent of the world’s touch-panel capacity, leaving behind scant supply for its rivals. Indeed, during the company’s first-quarter earnings call in January, COO Tim Cook said Apple had invested $3.9 billion to secure future component supplies in “an area we feel is very strategic.” He didn’t elaborate, but as I noted here at the time there’s a good chance he was talking about touch panels.

Just ask RIM.


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik