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  1. Betmen's Avatar
    I bought a a 32g Playbook December 22 and the build date
    was 4-21-11. I happened to see a few 16g at the time
    and the latest build date I could find was 5-11-11
    I'm wondering if they stopped producing them because of the
    lack of sales and the tremendous inventory. Out of curiousity
    If you just purchased a Playbook, what is your build date ?
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    12-26-11 08:35 AM
  2. downphoenix's Avatar
    I dunno, where do you find the date at? I couldnt find it on the tablet or box.
    12-26-11 09:03 AM
  3. BBBrooklynFAN's Avatar
    A Collins Stewart analyst said on Thursday that RIM may have halted PlayBook production and canceled additional tablet projects.

    "We believe RIM has stopped production of its PlayBook and is actively considering exiting the tablet market," Collins Stewart semiconductor analyst John Vihn wrote in a note.

    He cited last week's news that contract manufacturer Quanta Computer had laid off a significant number of workers at a factory focused on producing the PlayBook.

    "Additionally, our due diligence indicates that RIM has canceled development of additional tablet projects," Vihn wrote.
    RIM says remains committed to PlayBook tablet | Reuters
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    12-26-11 09:10 AM
  4. yestoeverything's Avatar
    Not all Playbooks are produced from the same source. My understanding is that RIM had a contract with this company, but they were unhappy with the workmanship from this particular supplier, including recessed power buttons and bulges in the back of the tablet and decided not to renew orders from this specific supplier. My guess is that John Vinh owns Apple products supplied for free while toiling for a British publication owned by Rupert Murdoch.
    Last edited by yestoeverything; 12-26-11 at 10:11 AM.
    12-26-11 09:53 AM
  5. asherwiin's Avatar
    RIM over-estimated the demand for the original release of their tablet (as did most every tablet vendor except Apple). Hence the large write-down of inventory last quarter and all the sales. They need to clear their existing backlog before manufacturing any new units.

    I susupect we will see a new version later in 2012 with upgraded hardware specs, but not until they've depleted the current stock.

    The good news is the quality and specs of the current release os so good that it won't be obsolete for a while.
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    12-26-11 10:14 AM
  6. Silverfern's Avatar
    where do you see the manufacturing date
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    12-26-11 12:51 PM
  7. RCCollins's Avatar
    RIM is not manufacturing new Playbooks due to the large stockpile of unsold devices.
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    12-26-11 12:53 PM
  8. Unsure2's Avatar
    I really don't think anyone (outside of RIM) knows the answer to this one. We do know that during the firesale, RIM itself ran out of stock on the 16GB tablet and later got more, suggesting that then, at least, the device was still being manufactured; but, its possible that the new stock was from a warehouse someplace, needing weeks to be put into boxes and shipped to Shopblackberry's shipping centers.

    Yes, how do you determine the manufacture date?
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    12-26-11 01:01 PM
  9. dugggggg's Avatar
    If you still have the box, on the spline is a sticker bearing the serial number and a six-digit date code directly below "Accessories made in China". Mine is "060411", which in DDMMYY format means April 6---which I received in late Nov from Newegg.
    Last edited by dugggggg; 12-26-11 at 02:24 PM.
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    12-26-11 02:00 PM
  10. nasa25's Avatar
    May 17th build date on my 16gb purchased a few weeks ago.
    12-26-11 02:04 PM
  11. Silverfern's Avatar
    oh, mine says april 29th
    12-26-11 02:07 PM
  12. cogsinister's Avatar
    Not all Playbooks are produced from the same source. My understanding is that RIM had a contract with this company, but they were unhappy with the workmanship from this particular supplier, including recessed power buttons and bulges in the back of the tablet and decided not to renew orders from this specific supplier. My guess is that John Vinh owns Apple products supplied for free while toiling for a British publication owned by Rupert Murdoch.
    I think all PB's are made by Quanta,if its made in Taiwan, then it's made by Quanta.
    12-26-11 02:19 PM
  13. app_Developer's Avatar
    If you still have the box, on the spline is a sticker bearing the serial number and a six-digit date code directly below "Accessories made in China". Mine is "060411", which could either be June 4 or April 6.
    That's April 6. Same as the one we got in November. I don't have the boxes for the other two.
    12-26-11 02:19 PM
  14. shame23's Avatar
    April 22nd for both mine and my wife's.
    12-26-11 04:29 PM
  15. BBBrooklynFAN's Avatar
    I really don't think anyone (outside of RIM) knows the answer to this one. We do know that during the firesale, RIM itself ran out of stock on the 16GB tablet and later got more, suggesting that then, at least, the device was still being manufactured; but, its possible that the new stock was from a warehouse someplace, needing weeks to be put into boxes and shipped to Shopblackberry's shipping centers.

    Yes, how do you determine the manufacture date?
    I don't think they manufactured any after the firesale. It's very possible the stock was still in Taiwan. It takes about 14 days for a container ship to cross the pacific. The truck hijacked in Indiana was traveling to Ontario. The schedules fit.
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    12-26-11 04:31 PM
  16. mmason31's Avatar
    May 17th build date on my 16gb purchased a few weeks ago.
    And my 16gb bought the last week if November is May 13th.
    12-26-11 07:16 PM
  17. project_x's Avatar
    I have one from may, 290411 and 2 I got last week, 031211, so they must still be making them
    12-26-11 09:07 PM
  18. Betmen's Avatar
    I have one from may, 290411 and 2 I got last week, 031211, so they must still be making them
    Are you sure its not 120311 ? There hasn't been one post for a build date
    past May..I wonder if the refurbs that BestBuy is selling creates new build dates ?
    12-26-11 09:48 PM
  19. anthogag's Avatar
    my pb, March 3, 2012
    12-26-11 09:49 PM
  20. mcws's Avatar
    I believe I'm winning this horserace. I picked up a 16gb PB at Staples Canada today. Made in Taiwan, build date 13-12-2011.

    That's a 13 day turnaround from factory to store in Canada (including Christmas). Clerk said they got them in overnight.

    The one I bought 3 weeks ago at BestBuy Canada was bulit in May 2011.
    12-26-11 09:55 PM
  21. downphoenix's Avatar
    Mine says June 3rd. I must be one of the luckier ones.
    12-26-11 10:16 PM
  22. wiggy999's Avatar
    16/06/11 on mine, bought from Rim store a couple of weeks ago.
    12-26-11 10:18 PM
  23. app_Developer's Avatar
    I believe I'm winning this horserace. I picked up a 16gb PB at Staples Canada today. Made in Taiwan, build date 13-12-2011.
    Whoa, that's an exciting milestone! And it wasn't a refurb, right?

    So maybe they did really deplete the inventory. In that case, come on TAT, let's see that Cascades soon! I want to start laying down some code!
    spike12 likes this.
    12-26-11 10:48 PM
  24. EricB1968's Avatar
    Mine is 170611 and bought from SBB on Black Friday.
    12-26-11 11:15 PM
  25. project_x's Avatar
    Are you sure its not 120311 ? There hasn't been one post for a build date
    past May..I wonder if the refurbs that BestBuy is selling creates new build dates ?
    mine are not refurbs
    12-26-11 11:18 PM
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