RIM Playbook Delayed Thanks to iPad

Research in Motion apparently delayed the launch of its PlayBook tablet by a month because Apple snatched up nearly all of the available touch panels for the iPad. RIM plans to start shipping the PlayBook in the United States on April 19.

RIM PlayBook. Yeah, ouch.RIM’s PlayBook launch delayed thanks to the iPad

News of the launch delay comes via parts suppliers, according to DigiTimes. RIM apparently had hoped to ship its PlayBook tablet in March, but couldn’t get enough parts, and also had to deal with software testing delays.

While DigiTimes doesn’t always have the most reliable sources, it sounds plausible that RIM had to hold back its PlayBook launch because Apple had already locked up parts for the iPad, leaving its competition fighting for what little was left.

Apple’s iPad has been selling well ever since the original model was introduced about a year ago. The second generation model went on sale in March.

RIM has been hoping to cash in on the popularity of the iPad with its own competing product. The company may, however, have a hard time convincing customers that it’s better than the iPad since it initially will ship without calendar and contacts apps, requiring users to link to a BlackBerry smartphone for those features.

RIM plans to update the PlayBook to add in missing apps, but it may feel as if it wasn’t delayed long enough when it finally ships this month.