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Acer chief also compares Apple to betamax tapes

Acer is fast gaining ground in the personal computer market thanks to its best-selling Acer Aspire One netbookIn July of 2010, Acer ousted Dell from the second place spot in the global computer shipment rankings dropping Dell in third place.  However, Dell has since recovered, regaining its second place spot.

Meanwhile Acer continues to grapple with Apple -- a company that once bumped it to fourth place.  Speaking with Digitimes, Acer found Stan Shih compared Apple's products to mutant viruses and remarked that a cure was incoming.  The report reads:
Acer founder Stan Shih, in a talks with reporters on September 8, commented that Apple's strong popularity is mainly due to its products such as iPad and iPhone, and these products are like mutant viruses, which are difficult to find a cure for in the short-term, but he believes that PC vendors will eventually find a way to isolate Apple and become immune.
Apple indeed seems to have a rather viral market appeal and a tendency to peter out and then come back -- as evidenced by the failure of Macs in the 1990s and the company salvation by the iPod lineup in the 2000s.

Mr. Shih also compared Apple products to the short-lived Betamax format, saying PCs are like the more popular VHS tapes.  The statement is somewhat ironic, given that Apple CEO Steve Jobs often credits himself and Apple for doing away with defunct formats like floppy discs.

He did at last offer some kinder words for the competitor, though, saying that Apple was both creative and an innovator.  He said that PC makers could learn from the success of Apple's integrated hardware/software approach, and its successful applications store (the iTunes App Store).

During the interview Mr. Shih also voiced another controversial opinion -- that U.S. technology companies will eventually quit the personal computer market.  He points to IBM's recent 2005 sale of its PC department to Lenovo (Chinese) as an example of that.  Of course Mr. Shih's statements discount that three of the top four computer manufacturers -- Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Apple -- are all American.

Mr. Shih's comments follow controversial remarks about Apple in late August, in which he said the company's tablet, the iPad, would drop from 100 percent market share to 20 percent market share over the next couple years.  Apple's supporters are skeptical about rival tablet makers' ability to catch up.

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RE: Nice analogy
By amanojaku on 9/9/2010 12:33:26 PM , Rating: 5
Then the analogy is false as Apple does not produce higher quality products than other vendors. No reputable vendor had as many defects as Apple had across all of its product lines. ALL OF ITS PRODUCTS. Apple's short-term advantage is a better aesthetic design, which becomes stale as it's rarely updated, while other platforms see a variety of designs. The Achilles Heel of Apple: no variety. We all know about homogeneous gene pools...

RE: Nice analogy
By StevoLincolnite on 9/9/2010 1:04:53 PM , Rating: 5
Apple's short-term advantage is a better aesthetic design,

Even that comes down to personal taste.
I personally don't like the look of the Mac's.
Give me a nice black case, with a clear window, a water cooling loop with UV reactive coolant, a bunch of Neons over the Macs dull casing any day.

RE: Nice analogy
By paydirt on 9/9/2010 3:19:35 PM , Rating: 2
If Apple was my competitor, I would probably be insane too and making bad analogies.

RE: Nice analogy
By drunkenmastermind on 9/9/2010 9:03:09 PM , Rating: 2
Have you ever put your wrist to the sharp aluminium edge on the pro series laptop? fucking awful and they weight a ton.

RE: Nice analogy
By Chapbass on 9/9/2010 9:51:22 PM , Rating: 3
Only every time I use an apple product....

/wrists. It just works.

RE: Nice analogy
By wolrah on 9/15/2010 10:24:02 AM , Rating: 2
Give me a nice black case, with a clear window, a water cooling loop with UV reactive coolant, a bunch of Neons over the Macs dull casing any day.

Stretching the definition of what can be called "taste" there, eh?

To use a car analogy, I see the "dull" design of a Mac as being like a mid-90s BMW: everyone knows what it is when they see it but it doesn't call attention to itself (never mind that the owner is 50/50 a tool who wants to call attention to it). While I'll give you that in some applications neons and UV can look good, 99.9% of the time it looks like a riced out Civic exploded in a computer.

RE: Nice analogy
By hexxthalion on 9/10/2010 5:43:34 AM , Rating: 1
definitely better quality than acer products

RE: Nice analogy
By JarredWalton on 9/10/2010 11:59:56 AM , Rating: 1
No doubt. Much as I'm not an Apple fan/user, Acer's products have lousy build quality, horrible keyboards, and crappy LCDs. The fact that Acer managed to move into the #2 spot (if only temporarily) isn't that big of a deal, considering most of those sales were crappy netbooks with small margins.

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