Everything else in RIM’s Q1 2013 report would have had a chance of blowing over if it was not for this one tidbit. Thorsten Heins issued a BlackBerry 10 device update that essentially pushed off the release date of BlackBerry 10 devices to the first quarter of 2013. That means BlackBerry 10 devices are 6-9 months away. That is going to be an extremely bitter pill to swallow for many though RIM does explain why they were forced to change their estimates:
The successful launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform and the delivery of high quality, full-featured BlackBerry 10 smartphones remain the Company’s number one priority. Over the past several weeks, RIM’s software development teams have made major progress in the development of key features for the BlackBerry 10 platform; however, the integration of these features and the associated large volume of code into the platform has proven to be more time consuming than anticipated. As a result, the Company now expects to launch the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones in market in Q1 of calendar 2013.
"RIM’s development teams are relentlessly focused on ensuring the quality and reliability of the platform and I will not compromise the product by delivering it before it is ready. I am confident that the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones will provide a ground-breaking next generation smartphone user experience," said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO. "We are encouraged by the traction that the BlackBerry 10 platform is gaining with application developers and content partners following the successful BlackBerry Jam sessions that we have held around the world since the beginning of May. Similarly, the reception of the BlackBerry 10 platform by our key carrier partners has been very positive and they are looking forward to going to market with BlackBerry 10 smartphones in the first quarter of calendar 2013."
The RIM conference call is about to start and I am sure we will be hearing more about this shortly. I am hoping there is a silver lining in there somewhere.