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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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By bug77 on 9/9/2010 12:45:23 PM , Rating: 5
What's American about a company that makes stuff in China and offers tech support from India?

RE: American?
By Iaiken on 9/9/2010 1:16:10 PM , Rating: 5
That's as American as Mom, or Apple Pie...

The companies that don't have been the exceptions for ten years running, where have you been?

RE: American?
By bug77 on 9/9/2010 1:33:06 PM , Rating: 2
Not in the US, unfortunately for me :-(

RE: American?
By ClownPuncher on 9/9/2010 3:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
Good example, apple pie...

Definitely not an American invention.

RE: American?
By Mitch101 on 9/9/2010 3:47:17 PM , Rating: 5
I think Apple pies are made in China now. Probably use drywall for filler.

RE: American?
By ClownPuncher on 9/9/2010 7:23:31 PM , Rating: 2
Not far from the truth, I bet!

RE: American?
By snakeInTheGrass on 9/9/2010 9:26:34 PM , Rating: 2
Drywall? I thought they were filling the pie with carcinogenic catfish... or did we go and have them pull that from the market now too?

RE: American?
By FredEx on 9/10/2010 2:43:15 AM , Rating: 2
That is just in the crust. They use apple flavored whale fat as the gooey apple stuff...Like McDonald's fruit pies, no actual fruit chucks maybe be contained.

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