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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: 100 to 20 percent?
By Tony Swash on 9/9/2010 2:30:59 PM , Rating: 1
The fact that it doesn't have a competitor yet is why it's going to fail long-term. With no competition they have no reason to improve their product.

I have to congratulate you - that really did make me laugh out loud.

Apple is doomed - doooomed I say.

Just wait until you see iPad version 2.

RE: 100 to 20 percent?
By Alexstarfire on 9/9/2010 4:40:16 PM , Rating: 2
Same here.... seeing as how tablets were around long before the iPad was even an idea. There is no way they ever had or will have 100% marketshare. Could be 99.999999% for all I know, but it still isn't 100%. No competition is a joke. Yes, there aren't any iPad like tablets out there, but so what.

IMO the iPad isn't really a tablet... it's a big PMP with the ability to use the internet. It plays games, videos, music, eBooks, and can read email/webpages. What else is it really used for? Sure, you could technically use it for office work, but it's a super poor platform for that type of work. Even pretty crappy for sending emails.

RE: 100 to 20 percent?
By FredEx on 9/10/2010 3:41:17 AM , Rating: 2
One thing I find funny is the size of all these items. Small stuff was OLD, so lets make it bigger and bigger (Laptops for example). Then they have gone back, iPads, tiny cell phones you could hardly hold and Netbooks, they are smaller, don't be a doofus and use that large stuff you could actually read a whole letter on, that is soooo last year. Now watch, the iPads will start growing, the cell phones have gotten bigger and so on and so on and...........

Apple does this more than anybody. Look at the Nano, I'm surprised they did not make a Nano Nano that you stuck in your ear and used your nose as a joystick. Then they had the laptops with the huge screens, but don't lug those anymore, get this iPhone or iPad now. Look at the desktops, the small all in ones to the Power PCs with 30" cinema display. I was next expecting the 52" display before they moved on to the perfect Apple display, the *iMAX*.

Apple would have the sheep buying every dang one of them. Then rather than get what they have upgaded, they'd have to get the next version with improved hardware...such as the iPhone to now the iPhone 4. I want a iDon'tGiveaSh**AboutUpgradingHardware@EachStep

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