Rumor has it that the PlayBook will become available in retail outlets on April 10th. Also, the QNX OS will go gold on March 31st, and when you take the device out of the box and first boot it up, you’ll be prompted to upgrade the OS. The 10 days isn’t much to make sure developers have a stable app on the PlayBook, but if you can test and update in App World right away, you should be good.
It’s not clear how the iPad 2 will impact sales of the PlayBook but it’s most likely to have a somewhat negative impact considering the iPad 2 ships a full month before the PlayBook (March 11th). The PlayBook market is a little guarded because it will be launching to enterprise and BlackBerry users, with the radio versions coming out shortly afterwards. But who will buy the radio versions when there are several other radio connected tablets on the market? It could be that consumers have read a lot about what’s on the market and regardless of shipping dates, will wait for the tablet they feel is right for them.