“Research In Motion Ltd. is said to be preparing a whole new ‘9000-series’ operating system and device platform to take on Apple Inc., Google, and others in 2008,” Dan Jones reports for Unstrung.
“The 9000-series is described by Carmi Levy, an analyst at AR Communications Inc. , as ‘the future of the BlackBerry franchise,’ a complete breakaway from the device’s business roots,” Jones reports. “Instead, the new series targets the consumer space.”
“‘The 9000 is supposed to be a touch-screen device, very similar in form factor to the iPhone,’ Levy says. ‘Which means that it is not an enterprise-friendly device,'” Jones reports.
MacDailyNews Take: How does having a touch-screen make something “not an enterprise-friendly device?” Sheesh, the manure some people will try to spread.
“The 9000 series will break from the traditional half-screen, half-keyboard look of the BlackBerry. The handsets will also incorporate an upgraded multimedia system… Better MP3 and video capabilities are crucial if RIM is to take on Apple, Google, and others,” Jones reports.
MacDailyNews Take: And the plastic keyboards with Tic Tac-sized buttons begin their march into obscurity. Apple has changed the world again. Just as with Macintosh, we’ll all be using iPhones before long, whether they be the real things or half-assed fakes. And, if RIM thinks they can jam some “MP3 and video capabilities” into their devices that can compete with iPod+iTunes, they’re deluding themselves like so many who’ve come (and gone) before.
Jones continues, “Levy speculates that RIM will introduce the 9000-series in the first quarter of next year.”
“Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rick from Quantico” for the heads up.]
It certainly sounds like RIM has seen the future — visionaries that they are — and, instead of waiting for them to cobble together their knockoff, you can buy it today from Apple.