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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 mydogfarted on 9/9/2010 1:20:06 PM , Rating: 2
Well sort of. Betamax's short run lasted from 1975 to 2002, when the last Betamax machine was produced.


RE: Nice analogy
By omnicronx on 9/10/2010 11:57:51 AM , Rating: 2
He means the quality format itself ;) Betamax always supported more lines (horizontally and vertically, kind of like the analog version of resolution) than VHS. From a video quality perspective for those with good enough TV's to notice, it was better..

Unfortunately no licensing fee's and a lower price will always win out over a marginal quality increase and a proprietary and costly format..


RE: Nice analogy
By murdakillemall on 9/10/2010 2:38:15 PM , Rating: 2
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by omnicronx on September 10, 2010 at 11:57 AM
... Unfortunately no licensing fee's and a lower price will always win out over a marginal quality increase and a proprietary and costly format..


Until Blu-Ray appeared on the scene.


"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates














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