Acer Founder Stan Shih Calls iPad + MacBook Air a Fad

Friday, August 5, 2011
By OP Editor

Acer founder fails to understand why iPhone and iPad are making significant impact on PC demand, believes sluggish cheap PC is still the future.

Stan Shih says iPad MacBook Air Fad, Acer Stock Dive

Today, Acer stock price dived to hit its yearly low of $34.70, down 65% from the December high of $99.40. I wonder why?


Acer founder Stan Shih has commented that the fads for ultrabooks and tablet PCs are both short-term phenomena…

Shih pointed out that PCs are the base of the IT industry and tablet PCs are also developed from the base; therefore, in the future, products will still need to go through the PC platform to create even more add-on value.

In 2010 he said the iPad is a fad too, since then, iPad is killing Acer’s netbook and tablet business. That must be why the PC has “more value”. In contrast, Apple sold 9.25 million iPads in the most recent quarter, resulting in record profits.

But wait, the Acer founder still ignores the reality:

Shih pointed out that consumers want products with low price and convenience.

Again, cheap PC = netbook, which are already dying because iPad kills netbooks in usability and responsiveness. As to a product with low price? Brand new Apple iPad 2 is $499, and you can even buy refurb $349 iPad from Apple.

So let’s see, what are the investors doing? Rewarding Acer because Apple iPad and MacBook Air are really a fad? Or perhaps punishing PC maker Acer as its tablet and ultrabook knockoff cannot compete? Acer Stock lost (-6.97%) in one day at the end of Aug 5, 2011 trading. Stan Shih, please go join Steve Ballmer and keep crying. Acer already fired CEO Gianfranco Lanci earlier this year. Too bad it can’t fire its founder.

Perhaps this is the real reason behind Acer’s founder’s latest cry: PC Makers’ Apple MacBook Air Knockoff Costs More Than Mac. In Acer’s opinion, if you can’t compete, might as well put your head in the sand. Maybe the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 will be a fad.


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4 Responses to “Acer Founder Stan Shih Calls iPad + MacBook Air a Fad”

  1. mbzastava

    loling @ your shortsightedness…

    Acer founder knows its a fad because all logical idicators for consumer spending show a decline across all electronics. ONLY a trend can surpass such a decline enough to stand out as an opposite. What do you think will happen when ipad3 comes out and no one can afford to upgrade?

    I find this hilarious because i recently understood the reason why apple products come flawed from the factory. because if they actually supplied a working device, there would be no reason to upgrade to the latest model.

    My HTC HD2 is techinically flawless. Ive owned it for more than a year and will continue to use it for years to come. My friends have gone from iphone3g to iphone 4, and can’t wait for the next iphone why? because their expensive toy is no good at being a phone =(

    anyone who constantly upgrades a single device which never lives up to their expectations is not catering to the device, they are catering to a personal OCD. If any one of those devices were any good at what they did, you would have REAL apple fans holding onto them, not pushing them onto ebay so thay can have the newest model. this observation alone should prove to you that what apple is experiencing today and for the last few years has been a total fad.

  2. Don

    It’s amazing how many Google kool-aid drinkers will come to a site like this, or any other, and say the dumbest and most bias things against Apple things, while at the same time, also writing the most bias things towards all things Google or Android related! Truly, there is no worse thing than a Google fan-boy spurned!

    As happened to several other companies executives that could not compete with Apple, I think Acer’s founder, his company and his silly quotes are probably nothing more than just fad’s themselves, especially if they continue to go on saying and acting like they are now!

    • Agree. Judging from the diving stock price, the investors seems to believe that Acer is a passing fad.

      The article isn’t even about Android. Perhaps the stink of the Android tablet fail attracted the flies.


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