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.
Just because, OK?! Acer’s getting the band back together and this time no one’s gonna stop them from rockin’ as hard as they want! And they’re gonna get in the car and drive and drive and drive until they’re far away from you!
[sobs, runs to room, slams door]
Wang seems to have been stuck in the “denial” stage for a while now. The Macalope thinks this might be some kind of record.
Acer’s JT Wang told Chinese language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN) that Apple’s virtual monopoly on the market could drop to just 20 percent after the market for such devices stabilizes.
That was in August of 2010. Presumably this stabilization will be arriving on more of a geologic time scale than one humans will notice over their limited lifetime. Perhaps Acer should invest in carving an obelisk on the lunar surface so that whatever species is dominant when the stabilization occurs will have some forewarning.
Who could have predicted that a race to the bottom would end badly for PC makers?
Oh, that’s right. Silly Macalope with your rhetorical questions you already know the answers to! It was Apple that predicted it and wisely stayed out of that death spiral party. Now, after seeing their profits tank, PC OEMs like Acer and Dell are sure they have a solution: Do what Apple’s doing.
Good luck, PC OEMS! Good luck with turning perception of your brand from cheap, under-powered, poorly-built pieces of crap to something like the MacBook Air.
There’s one thing the Macalope’s unclear of, though. Wang and Michael Dell seem to keep wanting Apple to “go away.” But if Apple goes away, where are they going to get their next business strategy?
[Editors’ Note: Each week the Macalope skewers the worst of the week’s coverage of Apple and other technology companies. In addition to being a mythical beast, the Macalope is not an employee of Macworld. As a result, the Macalope is always free to criticize any media organization. Even ours.]
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