RIM is working hard on a BlackBerry PlayBook revamp for early 2012, which will include the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update in February and perhaps two new models. The news comes amidst a CEO shakeup at RIM in which co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepped down late Sunday evening and were replaced by now former co-COO Thorsten Heins.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a BlackBerry PlayBook “revamp” in early 2012 is one of RIM “two biggest projects,” along with new BlackBerry handsets running BlackBerry 10, RIM’s new QNX-based operating system scheduled to ship later in the year.
The report lends credence to reports last week that RIM is working on a new 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook with 3G support and an LTE-enabled 10-inch PlayBook.
The current BlackBerry PlayBook, which was released in early 2011, will definitely receive the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 as an over-the-air update in February, and it will bring native email, calendar, and contacts clients, as well as an Android app player. TabletPCReview received extensive hands-on time with the new operating system at CES 2012. RIM also confirmed that the current PlayBook will receive an update to BlackBerry 10 when it becomes available later this year.