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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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iPad sales
By melgross on 9/9/2010 12:47:07 PM , Rating: -1
The latest estimate is that Apple will sell 28 million iPads in 2011, with the estimate possibly being conservative (said the person making that estimate).

Let's see. They sold about 3.3 million the first quarter it was out, with serious backlogs lasting until just a week ago. Estimates are that Apple will have sold between 4.5 and 5.75 million this quarter.

Who is the competition? The Samsung is a 7" model that will either cost much more without carrier subscriptions, or will require a two year contract for low pricing. There is nothing else out that's available right now other than the Dell Streak, which is just a big 5" phone.

And what happens when Apple drops the price by $50? Everyone else coming out with tablets will have to drop their prices as well, wiping out any profits they may make.

Netbook sales will be impacted heavily. Even though in theory, netbooks can run the same programs other laptops and desktops can, they really can't. They're too slow, and the screen is too small. I've got one, and it's terrible, even though it was expensive, and got great reviews just before I bought it.

RE: iPad sales
By marvdmartian on 9/9/2010 3:29:54 PM , Rating: 2
I'd find it much more likely that the Fruity One will come out with "iPad 2", which will include one or two "magical" features......that should have been included in the original iPad, but thanks to his holiness, will now be given to his minions, with no change in the price of the iPad (unless the RAISE the price!!).

RE: iPad sales
By T2k on 9/9/10, Rating: 0
RE: iPad sales
By JakLee on 9/9/2010 6:20:30 PM , Rating: 1
What about the Archos Pad - they have 7in & 10.1in models that are less money and have the advantage of not being locked into Apple's OS.

RE: iPad sales
By finbarqs on 9/9/2010 7:14:36 PM , Rating: 2
I predict that Apple will eventually take over PC sales, and that PC sales will only be limited to Hardcore Gamers.

Here's a list of facts on why I think this way:

In the beginning,

*Girls hate technology

*Apple sees this and decides to make their products more "female friendly"

*Girls Loves Technology! (As long as it's an Apple)

*Boys love girls

*Boys are the ones who deal with technology

*all other idiots in the world, will go to apple.

*Tech guys, will hate their girl-less lives, and decide to go apple because "it just works".

*gamers will never touch an apple, because apple can't get gaming right

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