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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 exploderator on 9/9/2010 3:02:51 PM , Rating: -1
It's not Jobs himself, it's his authority combined with honest technical skill.

The real magic is having a technologically capable dictatorial authority figure at the top, as well as many other tech skilled power figures at lower levels. People who both: know the technology craft intimately, and have the real power to make binding decisions. They aren't just desk jockey paper pushing managerial grads with dollar sign eyes.

They are people with the real authority to insist on adherence to coherent and high quality design visions. And by having real personal skill and loyalty to the tech, they ensure that the designs are not tragically compromised by managerial committee mediocrity and bean counter committee cost cutting.

EVERYTHING Apple does could just as easily be done by other companies, but for management. What's rare about Apple is that their management is positively infected by honest technical skill and vision, and has been for decades. They are not crippled by the fear of innovation, because real geeks know that good quality innovative products sell. They know the market will come to them, and they are big enough to coax/drive it to them. It's a rare conjunction of factors to evolve a company so large with such skilled management structure and heritage, which enables it to lead the market the way it does. But it's not magic, and it's not really something only Jobs himself can do. It's just something that Apple has managed to become by good luck through the years, where many others have not.

Maybe it's true that when Jobs goes, the big money behind Apple will make the mistake of replacing his kingship with a money man that has no true deep tech skill, a cookie cutter CEO. Then things will likely go to shit, because those types can seldom see the trees for the forest. Their perspective is almost always an investment / profit / money centric view, and they struggle to grasp that a company like Apple must produce good tech first, and only then will the money follow. That's an inverted priority scheme for most CEO types.


RE: Nice analogy
By Alexstarfire on 9/9/2010 4:25:36 PM , Rating: 1
Are you high? Much of what you said is the exact opposite of how it really is. I suppose I could agree that Jobs does have binding decisions. Seems obvious that there isn't a good management structure though. Just look at anyone who makes a mistake at Apple. Not only that, but the management at Apple is what allowed the antenna issue to get through. Not that Apple is alone in allowing known issues to go into production models.

Real geeks stay away from Apple like the plague. Apple is arguably the least innovative company ever, except for their marketing. Their marketing is obviously genius since so many people buy into it.

Don't know if Apple will be able to keep it up when Jobs is out of the picture permanently. I don't think they will, but only time will tell.


RE: Nice analogy
By djcameron on 9/9/2010 5:26:23 PM , Rating: 4
The was an episode of South Park where everyone was buying Prius cars. They had an outbreak of "Smug". This is what drives Apple's sales, the current trend of yuppie/yippie/hipster people desperate to feel cooler than everyone else.


RE: Nice analogy
By Autisticgramma on 9/9/2010 6:09:37 PM , Rating: 4
apple does some good things, for one their ipod interface is something even my gramma can use.

speaking of analogies :)

apple is more akin to a fashion company. Who makes designs for people who know nothing about fashion. I just thought that people with that much money to spend on clothes would look at a clothes magazine, of course one that doesn't say apple fashions on the front.

I'm glad they don't make washers and dryers. Besides having a lein your house to get them. They would be pretty enough to have in the living room, and even pick up your clothes. But you have to have apple clothes, and every time they enter the washer its $.10 to the CC you purchased with, and $.10 more for the dryer. And folding/hangers/drawers? We removed that feature, it worked great but, used too much power, and its insecure.


RE: Nice analogy
By tcunning on 9/12/2010 8:49:54 PM , Rating: 2
I agree about the iPod interface (also good for one hand blind in the car)--except they JUST GOT RID OF IT with the Nano going touch and the Classic being, well, classic. I guess they think they have so many good ideas that they can just throw the old ones away.


RE: Nice analogy
By MScrip on 9/10/2010 6:02:14 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Apple is arguably the least innovative company ever

So what has HP, the largest computer manufacturer in the world, done to innovate lately?

Maybe there's only so much you can do with processors, hard drives, screens and keyboards.

So Apple decided to focus on other things... like magnetic battery connectors, glass trackpads and aluminum enclosures.

I'm not a Mac user... so don't even try to attack me. But there's not much innovation in the computer market anymore. At this point... computers are a commodity. So you have to distinguish your products in other ways.


RE: Nice analogy
By n00bxqb on 9/15/2010 2:53:59 AM , Rating: 2
Memristors are a pretty huge innovation ...

But I guess something that could completely change the face of computers as we know them is not nearly as innovative as making a computer out of aluminum :rolleyes:


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