A new report is coming from Taiwanese site DigiTimes which suggests that Apple was the underlying reason for the near 1 month delay of the BlackBerry PlayBook behind the Apple iPad2. According to the report, “Sources from touch screen panel makers also pointed out that PlayBook shipments were postponed for about a month from the original schedule due to a delay in software testing as well as shortage of touch panels because Apple already booked up most of the available capacity.”

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Apple has been known to reserve parts in long-term deals to secure the parts for better pricing and future projects. It has been suggested that Apple’s $3.9 Billion investment for iPhone and iPad displays took up much of the world’s touch capacity screens. It will be interesting to see if the 1 month delay of the PlayBook will have any significant impact on sales. Do you think it will?