Apple outruns RIM in tablet sales

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Apple iPad’s roaring sales have proved that Research in Motion?s new PlayBook tablet is no match to it. RIM?s Blackberry was popular in smartphone until Apple launched its iPhone in 2007. ?At present, Apple dominates both the global smartphone market with the?iPhone?and the global tablet space with the iPad.

RIM announced it sold 490,000 PlayBook tablets between June 1 and Sept. 1, since its availability, a contrast to Apple?s sale of 9.25 million iPads last quarter, and the company is expected to ship 39.2 million iPads for the year.

Analysts, who at one time had appeared convinced RIM might have a winner with the PlayBook, have cut estimates for full-year shipments to an average of 2.2 million, according to the survey.

Charlie Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Co. said: “RIM overplayed the PlayBook in terms of its sales and prospects.” He added: “What this really shows is that the company’s prospects will depend on the next generation of BlackBerry.”

RIM launched several new models of BlackBerry and remains committed to the PlayBook, but still the company faces turmoil due to fall in sales.

The PlayBook was RIM?s big entry into the tablet space. The tablet uses the advanced QNX operating system. However, it lacks applications. Developers who write apps for the BlackBerry OS are not getting enough motivation, as businesses and consumers continue to shun the device.

Sources: International Business Times, InformationWeek,

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