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Acer chair insists iPad damage to netbooks will end by March

updated 10:25 pm EST, Wed February 16, 2011

Acer exec says iPad hurt to netbooks just a phase

Acer chairman JT Wang attacked the iPad again today in commentary that reflected the fallout from earlier denials. He acknowledged that the iPad damaged Acer portable sales in the past three to five months but insisted that it was simply a question of buyers waiting for the next wave of tablets to decide whether or not to buy. Netbook and notebook sales would bounce back between March and April once they could make a decision, Wang said.

In spite of the emphasis on notebooks, the executive was optimistic that Acer alone would have 15 to 20 percent of the tablet market through devices like the Iconia Tab series, which saw the A100, A500 and Iconia Smart join the mix at Mobile World Congress. The claim is ambitious given Apple's still large majority of the market and Samsung claiming almost all of the rest.

Wang partly planned to help it out by listening to vendors that were hoping to disrupt Apple's control of the tablet market. A MeeGo tablet was due before the end of the year.

The remarks reflect a history of Acer executives denying any effect from the iPad on sales, even as the tablet was causing actual damage. Wang made nearly identical comments in the fall, contending that the iPad sales rate was just a temporary rush that would quickly end and see users go back to notebooks. At the same time as he made the statements, Acer portable sales were dropping sharply while the iPad was still growing.

Acer has often had strong financial incentive to hope for tablets to fade out of popularity. As the premier manufacturer of netbooks, it stands to lose the most from customers buying tablets instead. It has gone to the extent of hoping rivals exit first to give it more share of the netbook market.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Denial is not a river in Egypt

    I am no visionary, but I did pick up AAPL at 7 when Merrill Lynch was yelling well.

    Take it from me, it will only get worse when March 1 rolls around.

  1. chas_m



    He's right

    ... in that the damage the iPad is causing Acer will end sometime in March ...

    ... and then Apple will unveil the iPad 2, and the damage will escalate. :)

  1. danangdoc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Someone check his meds....

    JT Wang is either on drugs, causing his delusions of granduer, or he has the worlds worst staff advising him. Seriously, I think he's not in touch with reality. As Chas said, the ipad2 will seal the fate of netbooks, and the ipad3 (Dec/Jan?) will put the flowers on the grave. It's like Hitler, stuck in his bunker in his final week, calling for his non-existent "Northern Army".

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Anyone else notice

    You never see JT Wang and John Dvorak in the same room at the same time...?


  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just call him

    Taipei Bob, in honor of Baghdad Bob...

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    'sell', because it wasn't 'well

    Sorry about the typo.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They can lie all they want about the iPad not

    causing any damage to their sales, but they're only fooling themselves. Maybe they just lie to fool investors but whenever their financial quarter ends, the numbers will show the damage unless they're doctoring the account books.

  1. makemineamac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Soooooooo De-lu-sion-al!

    He's said enough to have his own greatest hits album.

    I really hope Amy returns to SNL for a Weekend Update "Really?" segment on this guy.

    And he really is a bit of a wang.

    That is all.

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969



    more like MeToo.

  1. cartoonspin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just like Microsoft

    Deny everything and when it is a reality backtrack and say you have some exciting products coming out and never come out with them.

    Why do these companies just come out and lie to their investors and the public like this? It is obvious their leadership has lost touch with the market. Motorola is just as bad. They come out with an 800 tablet and say in order to compete with the lower price iPad they needed to come out with this price point. Whaaaaaat?

    I honestly cannot believe that most of these companies will miss the tablet revolution. But it obviously is happening before our eyes.

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