More details have emerged on the BlackBerry PlayBook’s battery life and App’s expected at launch. Reuters spoke with Jeff McDowell, RIM’s senior vice-president for business and platform marketing in regards to the Blackberry PlayBook’s battery life. There has been a lot of concerns surrounding the PlayBook’s battery life since Kaufman Brothers Analyst Shaw Wu said “The Blackberry PlayBook needs to improve its relatively poor battery life of a few hours compared to 6 hours for the Samsung Galaxy Tab and 10 hours for [Apple's] iPad.”
Jeff McDowell has now stated “It’s going to be equal or greater than the iPad with smaller battery size.” He also let the cat out of the bag by saying RIM plans on having about 4,000 third party PlayBook apps available at launch. I hope to see the 4000 apps when the PlayBook is released.
McDowell also mentioned that RIM’s BlackBerry Balance work/personal separation program should be available in North America within 2 months. McDowell went on to say “We just wanted to create an innovative solution that allows enterprises to manage the corporate data side while at the same time give their employees the freedom to use Facebook and browse the Web and get their Internet email at the same time.” Carries are said to be testing it now and will release it soon. BlackBerry Balance could reap great benefits for RIM with the upcoming NexGen devices we keep hearing about.