BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Friday confirmed that the Waterloo-based handset maker received 200,000 orders for its new Passport smartphone following its launch earlier this week. The all-new BlackBerry 10 device is catered towards business users in the enterprise, featuring a square screen and physical keyboard that doubles as a touchpad.
Since the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a new “#gate” situation has broken out and started to gain traction across the ‘net. As people become increasingly paranoid that their new iPhone might bend, BlackBerry took the “issue” to task while on stage announcing their new smartphone, the Passport.
As someone that lives in southern Ontario, the birthplace of the BlackBerry makers formerly known as Research in Motion, I have to admit that I am quite disappointed with how quickly the company has faded into irrelevancy in the consumer electronics industry. BlackBerry Assistant is its latest last-ditch effort that is far too late.