Editor’s note: This article was originally published on The Goods on June 5, 2012
CNet recently ran a story about the beginning of the end of RIM (Research in Motion), the BlackBerry parent company. Now the New York Times is reporting that RIM is delaying BlackBerry’s next version because the company reported a $518 million loss for the first quarter of the year. While CNet takes the point-of-view that RIM’s hiring of investment bankers is the sign of the apocalypse (which certainly is one indicator), my view is that this tipping point actually happened last year when RIM released its Playbook tablet. In one of the worst product introductions in tech history, RIM shipped the Playbook WITHOUT an e-mail client! That’s right, the company who popularized mobile e-mail shipped a product that COULDN’T do e-mail on its own (you could tether it to a Blackberry but that misses the point).