BlackBerry, then called Research In Motion, launched the “world’s first professional-grade tablet” a couple years ago. Well over a million PlayBooks have been sold, but most versions of the PlayBook (16, 32, 64GB) have now been discontinued, or taken of store shelves. BlackBerry has always stated that they “remain committed to the tablet space” and promised a software update that will bring the new BlackBerry 10 OS to existing PlayBook tablets.
Previous rumours pinpointed June for the update. According to a random Tweet, by some random private trader, suggests that Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry’s CEO, will give an update on tablet plans at the upcoming BlackBerry Live conference mid-May. No other details, so it’s certainly possible and expected. Hopefully Heins will unveil a new PlayBook all-together, possibly the 10-inch PlayBook that has been pictured and rumoured for sometime now.
Update: I just read an article in the UK publication Telegraph that quotes Heins as saying “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore. Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model… In five years, I see BlackBerry to be the absolute leader in mobile computing – that’s what we’re aiming for. I want to gain as much market share as I can, but not by being a copycat.”