Vaporware – a product, usually computer hardware or software, not released on the date announced by their developer, or announced months or years before their release.
Fact: The iPad owns the tablet market
Fact: Competitors are trying their damndest to release iPad competitors and steal away some of that iPad marketshare
Fact: They are not suceeding
Fact: Big name players are getting into the mix, including HP and RIM
Fact: RIM’s upcoming tablet, named the PlayBook, is a 7-inch tablet initially expected to go on sale in early 2011
Fact: The product hasn’t yet hit the market, but RIM has been bragging about the PlayBook’s superior performance relative to the iPad since November.
Fact: RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie said that the PlayBook will offer “WAY higher performance” than the iPad
Fact: One of the more impressive and often-discussed features of the original iPad was it’s astounding battery life
And now comes a report, admittedly rooted in speculation, that RIM’s anticipated PlayBook tablet is experiencing battery issues. Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu issued a note to investors on Tuesday stating that poor battery performance may very well lead to the PlayBook release being pushed back. While Apple’s iPad easily gets at least 10 hours of battery life, the PlayBook reportedly struggles to eek out a few hours of juice with standard use. And that’s on a smaller screen, mind you.
The PlayBook’s battery, Wu writes, might “require a bit of re-engineering” and is “likely why RIM pushed out its launch to the May 2011 quarter.”