Ahead of this week's official iPad 3 release announcement Apple has seen its iPad 2 device outsold by the BlackBerry Playbook at a number of retailers
Making the announcement via Twitter, RIM confirmed that in a selection of Canadian Best Buy and Future Shop chains, the to date lacklustre PlayBook outsold the Apple iPad 2 but failed to offer any more detailed breakdown of the sales figures.
“Yay! #BlackBerry #PlayBook was the #1 selling tablet at Future Shop (@FS_Deals) this week!” the company wrote via the official @BlackBerry Twitter feed.
The news comes just days after Apple issued an invite to a March 7th press event that is widely expected to see the Cupertino based company officially unveiled the Apple iPad 3.
Tipped for inclusion on the second-generation Apple tablet, the iPad 3 is expected to play host to a higher resolution screen, similar to the Retina display offering found on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
"The new display is capable of greater resolution than the current iPad, with more pixels on its screen than some high- definition televisions," an unnamed insider source announced recently. "The pixels are small enough to make the images look like printed material. Videos begin playing almost instantly because of the additional graphics processing."
Elsewhere recent iPad 3 rumours have suggested the iPad 2 replacement will feature a form factor 1mm thicker than its predecessor with the increased internal space to be filled with the new display, an A6 quad-core CPU and improved optics for the rear-mounted camera.