Rumour: BlackPad won't use BlackBerry OS 6

RIM's tablet will use new OS according to insiders

No explanation for move to ditch OS 6 for much-mooted tablet.

The much-hyped BlackPad, RIM’s iPad-baiting new tablet, is set to ditch BlackBerry OS 6 and use a new, specifically built, operating system.

Bloomberg is reporting that “three people familiar” with the BlackBerry maker’s BlackPad plans have said it’ll instead use software designed by QNX, which has previously designed in-car media tech and even worked on nuclear weapons systems.

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One of the insiders reckons RIM wants to ditch any legacy code from the BlackBerry and give the BlackPad a whole new look. The aim of the iPad-botherer is said to be in creating not consuming content, an obvious dig at the Apple slate’s growing status as the ultimate couch potato gadget.

There’s still no word on when the BlackPad will land. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for more as we get it.

Via Bloomberg