Laptop Magazine had a chance to sit down with RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis and posted this wrap-up of the interview the includes some vague discussion of future plans, thoughts on the iPhone, and feedback on BlackBerry App World. I recommend you check it out to read what the head of RIM is thinking about at this exciting time in the mobile space.
Mr. Lazaridis said that the Storm was just the first touch product and more would be coming. There is the rumored Storm 2 device with integrated WiFi so this makes sense, even though he wouldn't comment on specific future devices. Even though I didn't pick the BlackBerry Storm over the iPhone 3G (primarily because of my desire for a full Exchange syncing solution) I do think the later firmware updates have been improving the device and there is a lot to like about the Storm.
RIM has other devices (the Bold and Curve 8900) that are doing very well and with the rumored BB 9630 coming soon they will continue to do well in the enterprise and consumer markets with their QWERTY devices.
The fact that you can multitask with the BlackBerry OS was stressed as a major difference between BlackBerry devices and the iPhone. In many instances this can be important and valid, such as when streaming music via Pandora and working with email or documents. He does have a point when it comes to multitasking, but then again we haven't seen how Apple's method of background servers and notifications will work.
As I have stated before, I also agree with his statements regarding the minimum $2.99 starting price for paid apps since developers deserve at least some minimum level of support for all the hard work they do to make our devices better than they are out of the box.