Report: BlackBerry maker is planning rival to Apple’s iPad
Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smart phone, is planning to introduce a tablet computer in November to compete with Apple Inc.’s iPad, according to two people familiar with the company’s plans.
The device will have about the same dimensions as the iPad, which has a 9.7-inch diagonal screen, said the two people who wouldn’t be identified because the plans haven’t been made public. The device will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology that will allow users to connect to the Internet through their BlackBerry smart phones, the people said.
Research in Motion is racing to come out with a product to rival the iPad in the fast-growing market for devices that bridge the gap between smart phones and notebook computers. Last month, Apple said 3 million iPads had been sold in the 80 days since the device’s U.S. debut.