Apple has proven time and time again that they're driven to innovate regardless, that they can successfully compete against themselves, but nothing drives them to innovate and compete faster and in a more focused fashion than a successful rival. Sadly, when it comes to iPad, rivals are proving anything but successful at the point.
- Sprint has canceled plans to launch a WiMax BlackBerry Playbook citing lack of interest from enterprise customers. [WSJ
- Best Buy is rumored to have only sold 25,000 of the 270,000 HP TouchPad's they received in stock, and that number might not include returns. AllThingsD
Meanwhile the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Samsung can now once again be stocked in the EU, but the Motorola Xoom LTE update has been once again delayed, this time until fall, and we've yet to get sell through numbers in any meaningful volume for any of the them.
Part of this is certainly the unbaked nature of virtually all iPad competitors to date, so perhaps the race should now switch from who can ship a rival tablet first, to who can make a much better, much more compelling tablet at a much better value first?
Bad news for everyone if the answer to that continues to be "nobody".