“Remember the good old days when companies would announce a product and then actually ship something? RIM doesn’t,” Jim Dalrymple writes for The Loop. “They seem to think it’s okay to just keep announcing vaporware and not ship anything.”
• In September 2010 RIM announced the PlayBook, an iPad competitor running the BlackBerry OS. That hasn’t shipped yet.
• In January 2011 RIM announced the PlayBook 4G, upping the ante on its competition by including the next generation data connection. That hasn’t shipped yet.
• In February 2011, RIM outdid itself and announced the PlayBook 4G LTE, HSPA+ and Mobile WiMAX models. They haven’t shipped.
Dalrymple writes, “That’s three generations of PlayBook tablets announced in five months and we still haven’t seen a single product make it to market. The media seems enamored with the PlayBook and don’t ask the obvious question — where are the products? So, I will say what most people are thinking at this point. RIM, SHUT UP AND SHIP!”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Shutting up isn’t a very effective way to run a buyout dog and pony show. Neither is shipping a failed product. Just ask Rubenstein et al. over at
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Branwdo Drinker” for the heads up.]
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