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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 Camikazi on 9/9/2010 4:44:19 PM , Rating: 3
iPhone Anntennae, iMac yellow screen, MacBook cracking cases, using faulty nvidia chips (not 100% their fault but you would think QA qould notice the overheating and problems wouldn't you?) that is just the few I remember. Apple QA is not all that much better then other computer companies, it's just that other companies sell much more so you see people complaining more.


RE: Nice analogy
By djcameron on 9/9/2010 5:21:58 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget that Cube-shaped Mac that had a problem with a cracking case.


RE: Nice analogy
By PrezWeezy on 9/9/2010 5:41:37 PM , Rating: 2
How about the firmware update that killed hard drive performance.


RE: Nice analogy
By tastyratz on 9/9/2010 6:02:08 PM , Rating: 2
Funny thing about what you said. it seems these days that apple engineers don't notice anything overheating, your just using it wrong.

Don't you know every portable mac product is for 3 season use?

For a company with their brand recognition their ability to pass off sub par engineering and QA baffles me.


RE: Nice analogy
By Reclaimer77 on 9/10/2010 1:48:25 AM , Rating: 2
You left out exploding batteries in several devices.


RE: Nice analogy
By FredEx on 9/10/2010 2:31:27 AM , Rating: 2
Go to any Apple help/support blog to find folks asking for fixes on many of Apple's "flawless" products. <tic>


RE: Nice analogy
By Uncle on 9/11/2010 11:54:48 AM , Rating: 1
@ Fredex. Unless the moderator deems your complaints as flammable and pulls them so no one else sees them.


RE: Nice analogy
By bfellow on 9/14/2010 5:23:16 PM , Rating: 2
It's the consumers fault for not noticing their batteries are about to explode or they're holding the Mac wrong.


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