I am not sure what to make of this thought I did hear rumors about PlayBook production since last week. Digitimes is reporting that Quanta Computer, which produces the BlackBerry PlayBook in Taiwan, has cut down on BlackBerry PlayBook production and has “offered preferential compensation to lay off about 1,000 workers.” Quanta specifically setup production in northern Taiwan for the PlayBook with three shifts and more than 2,000 workers which is rumored to now be cut in half.
It could be that RIM has already stocked the PlayBook pipeline with a ton of devices that just need to be updated to OS 2.0 when it launches. Still it is not a good sign to have those production lines starting to taper off especially with a global launch and 4G powered PlayBooks supposedly coming soon. This also makes me wonder who is manufacturing RIM’s QNX superphones like the Colt or if RIM is doing that in their own factories.
Thanks Tamas @BerryBlog for the tip!