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updated 10:45 am EDT, Wed October 20, 2010

Acer chairman insists iPad has no serious impact

Acer chairman JT Wang chipped into the chorus of fellow executives downplaying the iPad in a speech at a recent Taiwan-area summit. He saw tablets becoming a more mainstream part of computing but insisted that Apple CEO Steve Jobs' view of tablets replacing computers over time couldn't be true. People would 'return to their senses' after the heat of the iPad launch and at least outside of the US would go back to traditional computers Digitimes heard.

Wang believed the iPad's early sales were the result of the typical initial rush for a new device. Since the iPad has the interest of the technology industry, many are only willing to see the positives of the design and not its setbacks, he said. He claimed that most iPad users were still switching to a regular computer to write text documents or spreadsheets and thus that it couldn't replace a desktop or notebook in every traditional area. No mention was made of apps like Documents To Go or iWork apps that have seen modest uptake for productivity use.

The chairman maintained that Acer's drop in computer market share wasn't at all sparked by the iPad and instead blamed it on other computer makers, who he said were willing to cut prices where Acer wasn't. His company lost share but stayed profitable where others were willing to shed some profit margin. No attempt was made to explain Acer's poor performance in the US, however, where Apple may pass Acer even though Apple's notebooks cost much more than many of Acer's budget-focused notebooks and netbooks.

Accordingly, Wang also dismissed the importance of delays for Acer's own tablet. Parts of the technology have 'not yet matured,' he explained. The company thus wasn't in any rush to put out a tablet since it wanted to ship when the design was right. Acer had originally promised a seven-inch Android tablet for the end of the year but has given no signs that it's close to release.

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  1. Paul Huang

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    This egomaniac is trying to equate the iPad to the

    iPad ≠ netbook
    Mac ≠ Windows/PC

    This will never change, but I don't thing he realizes that. Such an idiot.

  1. Paul Huang

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    The unreadable symbol is supposed to be the unequal sign.

  1. Rezzz

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    Apple has created another category of device that is cutting into sales of other computing platforms that draw near to its functionality and price point. This includes Netbooks, Low-end PCs, and high-end handhelds (iTouch). Simple as that.

    Spin your fear, uncertainty and doubt however you like, Wang. You can't deny the accelerating sales figures. As an iPad owner and computing professional for some 20 years, I resent being called out of my senses.

    Had your cheap, commodity c*** building company introduced the iPad, you would be touting its features and basking in glory. Unfortunately for Acer, that would have required executive vision.

  1. vasic

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    Head in the sand... (or plugging his ears and yelling 'La, la, la, la!')...

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Must Be Getting Colder ...

    ... because Acer's Wang is shriveling.

    Wang: We will ship no tablet before the design is right.
    Ernest & Julio Gallo: We will sell no wine before its time.

    Believe me, as soon as Ernest & Julio can get that dreck in the bottles, it's time. But since Acer is (after all) well known throughout the industry for its legendary product design, who can blame them for wanting to wait?

  1. psdenno

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    In a related story.......

    ....Sony executives announce that iPod users will soon be putting their Apple music playing devices in drawers and return to popping cassette tapes into their Sony Walkman players.

  1. jarod

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    He's right you know

    People will eventually drop the iPad, in favor of the iPad 2!!


    And they will continue to drop Acer and all the other imitation cr*p out there in the garbage - where they are best placed!

    "Loserz always whine about their besht; winners go home and f*ck ja prom queen!" - Sean Connery

  1. vintagegeek

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    Many people will go down both roads, especially as the iPad and the iOS 4.2 begin to add some very needed features. I would like my iPad to be my focal point for iTunes and not my notebook, and to be able to sync from there to my iPod. That is the main reason my laptop still exists (and importing CDs). Most households will have a core computer (notebook or iMac) to peform the centralized heavy duty work.(Video and Photo). But the Tablets will be a very strong complement.

  1. dom2cool

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    this guy should apply as microsoft CEO! should fit right in.

  1. joecab

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    (I kid)

    "JT Wang's previous job was at Blockbuster, where he predicted Netflix was a mere 'flash in the pan' because they didn't even have a physical store you could walk into and browse around in."

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