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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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By Ardan on 9/10/2010 12:05:23 AM , Rating: 2
These apple news articles never fail to amuse me. It isn't the content of the articles, but merely everyone's comments on here and some other tech news sites as well. I am neutral on the matter, for the record. I am a DIY enthusiast as well, but I know there are people out there not like me that would like Apple's usability, and I am okay with that. Plus, there are many people out there that do like Apple's designs that would hate a black case with a window. Just because you people don't like it, doesn't mean anyone that likes their designs are idiots. They just have different tastes than you do. It is almost reminiscent of my neighbors dogs, whom bark furiously every time a particular person walks down the street. They bark at everyone, but its this ONE person that (for reasons unknown) they go crazy over. Anytime an Apple article is posted on the net, *SOME* (not all) enthusiasts foam at the mouth, lol.

I didn't really notice anyone claiming to not care about apple, though I didn't read many of the comments. That is a good thing, because nobody can really say that when they carefully construct many comments bashing anything Apple-related. Seriously, some enthusiasts out there need to just accept the fact that Apple will always be out there and will have a market. It is better to just accept it rather than develop that ulcer while stressing over their products that you hate with such passion that would make Emperor Palpatine smile with pride. I, of course, am not talking about every comment here or enthusiasts in general, but merely a portion of them. I'm sure someone will find a reason to get mad at me too, but that's okay. I don't mind, because I wasn't debating anything. Just merely pointing something out that always amuses me.




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