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Acer: Apple share to weaken in two years, Android to be flat

updated 12:05 am EST, Thu December 15, 2011

Acer chair insists Wintel will return to glory

Frequently outspoken Acer chairman JT Wang in statements Wednesday once again insisted that Apple would go away in the near future. Although he saw Apple as a key component, he predicted with Digitimes that Apple as a primary source of growth would weaken in the next two years and that Wintel, the combination of Windows and Intel, would once again be growing the fastest. He anticipated ultrabooks dropping to $699 in 2012 and assumed there would be "surging growth" in Windows PCs at that stage.

Despite using Android, Wang only thought Google would have "flat" performance in the industry in the future.

The comments continue a pattern from Acer executives, most of all Wang, of insisting that the pre-iPad, Windows-heavy mobile computing market favorable to Acer would return. He predicted last fall that people would "return to their senses" and stop using the iPad at any moment. Early this year, he was convinced the iPad would stop shrinking netbook share by March, only to watch the damage continue through the rest of 2011.

An assumption that lower ultrabook prices would come soon may also be dangerous. Intel itself has said it doesn't expect $699 ultrabooks soon and may leave Acer having to compete on terms that are favorable to the MacBook Air.

Windows 8, which many see as key to sparking new growth, also isn't likely to show until the second half of the year.

Part of the executive's hope came from simplifying product lines. Acer would cut the size of its computer line in 2012 to a third of what it is now, Wang said, even as shipment volume would go up 10 percent. The approach would ironically take a cue from Apple, which focuses on having a small but clearly defined and profitable lineup.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Camelot

    Mac Elite

    Joined: May 1999


    Keep going...

    Keep drinking the Ballmer-juice, JT, then come back in two years time and see how right you were. If your shareholders let you stick around that long.

  1. Bobfozz

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    Where does this bozo get his information? It sounds like wishful thinking. All these clowns behave as if Apple is going to sit still while they are gaining ground. I strongly suspect Apple has stuff in the works that will cause Mr. Wang to retire early. The Apple TV, as good as the idea is, is a smokescreen.

  1. BuzzMega

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    Joined: Jun 2011


    comment title

    What did he say two years ago? Four?

  1. billmboy

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    Crystal Ball?

    Only explanation. Or this guy is as dunb as my chickens.

  1. aardman

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    Joined: Nov 2009


    The starship computer. . .

    that Captain Picard talks to to get all sorts of tasks done. That's where Apple is headed. And that whole infrastructure will be so complex only an integrated hardware/software operation has a chance of succeeding in it. No one, not even Apple has the whole skill set that's needed for it, but Apple is far and away the closest.

    Wintel up for a revival? Wang is looking not even at where the puck is right now, but where it was yesterday.

  1. JEB

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    Joined: May 2001


    comment title

    all of your JT Wang are belong to us

  1. Paul Huang

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    Joined: Sep 1999


    Don't insult your chickens

    Please don't insult your chickens. This clown has been wrong repeatedly and now they have made a bad copy of the genuine article and he expect people to flock to his pile of cr^p like chicken scratch? Furgettaboutit.

    Sum Ting Wong.

  1. tightzeit

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    Joined: Jul 2006


    I have

    the most awesomest company ever, like totally. I'm always right because my stuff is the bomb and everyone knows it, like totally, like always, like totally... you know?

    When I make stuff that I get made as cheap as damn possible without consideration to quality and tell everyone as loudly as I can that it's totally awesome and really awwesome quality and stuff, and stuff, everyone totally cheers and stuff. It's really awesome.

    My stuff's the bomb.


    Someone that has no specific involvement in or interest in Acer at all... ever

  1. bonaccij

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    Joined: Jun 2003


    All these guys...

    need to wise up. If it is true that Apple, currently, only has about 6% - 9% of the computer market and only has 28% of the smartphone market (which coincidentally is only 30% of worldwide cell business)... doesn't that really mean that they can only go up? They are already the bottom-feeders, if you will. The crazy CRAZY thing is, even in that position, they are still raping the general computer industry when it comes to profit. Who cares if the share declines if they are still (and this is the key word, here) OUTSELLING the competition and making enormous profits?

    Now, THERE is a true underdog story. Let these idiots balk all they want. At the end of the day it's like all the people on the Titanic that kept repeating "... but this ship is guaranteed not to sink!" Just because Windows is a more widely used computing platform doesn't necessarily guarantee the profitability of ANY computer manufacturer.

  1. kerryb

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    unReality TV

    Give this guy his own show on TLC, please.....

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