RIM asks FCC to keep PlayBook details under wraps until launch

BlackBerry PlayBook FCC extension
By Adam Zeis on 31 Mar 2011 02:09 pm EDT
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So it seems RIM really was trying hard to make that Calendar Q1 launch date for the BlackBerry PlayBook but just couldn't quite make it. Turns out RIM actually had to file an extension with the FCC to keep the details on the tablet private until launch day on April 19th. Apparently the original date was in fact March 31st - if RIM planned to launch later they would have done an April date from the start. The document asked to withhold information regarding the External photos, test setup photos, user manual and internal photos. So any hopes of seeing the FCC approval notes before April 19th looks to be slim. With the BlackBerry PlayBook being shown off more than any other BlackBerry device to date prelaunch, you gotta wonder what's actually in there hiding that we don't already know about. Maybe a surprise or two? Sound off in the comments!

Source: BerryReview

35 comments

jcastilloalonso

That just drives me crazy. Even the specifications on blackberry.com website are pretty general. Hopefully RIM will make a nice press release or a media event and finally explain what's the deal.

Yousif Abdullah

Unicorn blood, pixie dust, I can't think of anything else. They stole Apple's magic. That's it.

Peace,
Yousif.

kidcalis

Why??? I HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS CURIOUS ABOUT SOMETHING IN MY LIFE THAT I REALLY NEEDED TO KNOW!!!!! Is killing me! what are they hiding???

jcastilloalonso

I don't think FCC checks battery... Also, usually when somebody hides something is something bad not good. But hopefully they will surprise us.

Mushu118

Installed in every Playbook is a map to the fountain of youth! Therefore every playbook user can never grow old and use their playbook for centuries

JtotheV

Chill out guys. Stop being so paranoid. Ever think that RIM doesn't want the FCC to steal their thunder when they launch theie new product they've been hyping up for so long?

feldmen01

There is no Playbook.... SURPRISE!!!!

enzo07i

hahaha, why?
are you afraid of the Blackberry Playbook?
why?
Maybe you're an Ibot

blackcaneaddict

T minus 18 days and counting.
Yay!

C4U2NV

I know i cant wait till get a hold of my playbook and show those ipad lovers a real tablet :-)

mythdraug

Did RIM ever say "Q1 of 2011"? Or was it always something more general like "Q1 of next year"? If it was the latter, people were just reading to much into it. Since their Fiscal year end at the end of Feb, April 19 would be almost exactly mid-Q1.

BBThemes

no because april 19 is mid RIM fiscal Q1 2012, not 2011

enzo07i

RIM hiding something about physical appearance of playbook, but I think its another reason to WOW their fans. I hope so.

enzo07i

Its another reason to WOW

BoldBerryNYC

I'm hoping the info they are holding back is a revamped dimension size to be thinner than the competition a la Samsung after they found out the iPad 2's size.

axe50

the media on the whole has a negative outlook on RIM and everything no matter how well intentioned is given a bad spin. This is smart from one perspective as anything that would have been released in the way of details would have been eaten up by the press in yet another doom story.

The flip side in that not revealing anything, they are feeding the speculators. Maybe not as bad as the former, but still its irritating.

TTune

Does anyone know what's REALLY in the box? I've got one on pre-order (Staples) and now I'm curious.

What is the Bundled Software? (all of it).
Does it come with the little micro-HDMI cable or do we have to source that from somewhere?

It comes with a "premium" charger but not the high-powered one - fine - but what ELSE does it come with?

Jeepers...

WillieLee

I think people are making too much out of this move.

SharpieFiend

*EVERYONE* does this before a new product launches, it really is no big deal.

enzo07i

Dear RIM,

I can't ask for more, I am about to receive more than I am expecting to receive.

Thank you so much.

copy to all haters,

Good luck for all your negative articles and posts,

= )

flyersfan76

The FCC might just leak information out anyway. We all know how well the Sirius XM merger went. Longest freaking merger ever because of those morons.

zensen

There's an sd card slot for us after all ;)

TBone4eva

This doesn't mean RIM has something bad to hide. They just don't want their competitors to have advanced information about the capabilities of the device, so they can't target their ads against the PlayBook before it launches.

teamfoster03

SD card slot would be a nice suprise but doubtfull. Probably doing it so the competition cant start new marketing against it.

III 4U2NV III

I hope w/all the hype, the Playbook delivers above and beyond everyone's expectations. I've noticed in almost every demo vid, users had trouble making selections or swiping -- hoping that isn't normal.

semperantoni

I do not have any tablet right now and I am looking to find one, so this website is quite nice source of information for me but ...
I can't understand how you can judge right now, without playing with playbook that it is much better than ipad 2. It is ridiculous. Except size, which seems to be more portable (I need to check how new ipad fits in my palm too) I can't see more advantages.
Is it an advantage that you can play movie or game in the background? It is stupid. Who does something like that?
I can imagine that somebody would say flash support. OK, it is nice but ipad has skyfire and some other apps which seem to be good enough as far as flash support is concerned.
For any tablet I believe that number of Apps and wide availability is a key. Everybody has to support ipad and there is no sign that there will be the same with playbook. I think RiM thinks the same and because of that we saw this android plug-in.
And with this battery is also something suspicious. Why they did not publish battery life in their spec sheet?
Last but not least - where is a white playbook :-) ?

ekafara

"Is it an advantage that you can play movie or game in the background? It is stupid. Who does something like that?"

Yes, it is an advantage. Lets say you were watching a movie and you had the sudden urge to check something from that movie out on the internet (or want to check anything out on the Playbook) you can minimize out of it and do so. It seems you would be fine with totally closing the movie, doing what you need to do, then go back and find the spot in the movie where you were.

"Everybody has to support ipad and there is no sign that there will be the same with playbook."

The only reason there is support for it is because of the people Apple has brainwashed into thinking they have superior products. I feel sad for them.

"And with this battery is also something suspicious. Why they did not publish battery life in their spec sheet?"

Maybe it's one of the things they want to keep hidden : )
It's kind of cool to see this write up about how they want things to stay secret. Maybe the secret is a white Playbook We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

semperantoni

Sorry for two the same entries. My mistake.
Regarding video example, I still believe you do not need real multitastking for this. The pseudo one from iphone/ipad is good enough. When you switch from video player to internet browser, the movie you were watching stops and when you came back is simply paused. With your example you would have to rewind to the place where you were. Because of that I said it is silly to play movie in background.

ekafara

Ahh yeah, I see what you mean there. Yeah it would be silly to have the movie playing the in the background.

semperantoni

I do not have any tablet right now and I am looking to find one, so this website is quite nice source of information for me but ...
I can't understand how you can judge right now, without playing with playbook that it is much better than ipad 2. It is ridiculous. Except size, which seems to be more portable (I need to check how new ipad fits in my palm too) I can't see more advantages.
Is it an advantage that you can play movie or game in the background? It is stupid. Who does something like that?
I can imagine that somebody would say flash support. OK, it is nice but ipad has skyfire and some other apps which seem to be good enough as far as flash support is concerned.
For any tablet I believe that number of Apps and wide availability is a key. Everybody has to support ipad and there is no sign that there will be the same with playbook. I think RiM thinks the same and because of that we saw this android plug-in.
And with this battery is also something suspicious. Why they did not publish battery life in their spec sheet?
Last but not least - where is a white playbook :-) ?

texasbid

To all of the negative comments about the Playbook regarding Apps and functionality:
It should not matter if there is a bazillion apps for your ipad or other tablet...what you should be asking, is:
1) do I need a bazillion apps to do a handfull of tasks?
2) is there an app that I need that fits why I am buying this tool anyway.

I know some people who jumped ship to the iphone & Android because of the apps, not the reliability, durability and security of a product. These tools or smartphones are expensive and I work hard for my money and want the best I think money can buy that fits my needs.

Having a reliable & secure phone (or tablet) are my first two concerns as most people don't have time to play with "all" of those apps anyway as they just take up space and make it more difficult for them to use & get things done.