Acer CEO says Apple's growth will slow within two years, Wintel to take over again

Acer CEO says Apple's growth will slow within two years, Wintel to take over again
Acer's CEO JT Wang is no stranger to bold claims, as he predicted this year that the iPad is just a fad which will still leave room for netbooks, and we all know how this one is ending.

While making a statement yesterday that Acer will streamline its computing portfolio to a third of what it has now, but still expects a 10% uptick in sales next year, he didn't miss the opportunity to comment on Apple's expected performance from his viewpoint.

JT Wang mentioned that Apple's days as an engine for growth in the industry will be done in about two years, and he expects Windows and Intel to pick up again as the driving force afterwards.

He didn't mention the fate of Acer's Android tablets, but did say that he expects Android to stay flat. Acer is much better positioned to improve its bottomline provided that Windows 8 turns out a success next year, as Windows is its traditional strength. Thus Acer has a vested interest in the soft growth scenario its CEO has on Apple to be materialize, and not be left in the realm of wishful thinking.

source: Digitimes

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5 Comments

1. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Ha when will aver learn that the age of the net book is over, and the notebook era is ending

3. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I can't see how notebook era is ending.

2. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Hahaha Acer hahaha. That's the company that bought Gateway. Yeah, they're on top of things. Hahaha

4. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

I agree that Apple's growth is going to slow down and come to a grinding halt again because of their inability to step outside their comfort zone. Apple just doesn't change or do anything different when it comes down to it. iOS has been the same since it's release with a few tweaks here and there. Mac OS X has been the same since release with a few tweaks here and there. Windows and Android are accelerating past Apple in looks, design and functionality. People are starting to see that when it comes to Apple, you're just paying for their name and that Apple has that "This is how it's going to be regardless if you like it or not. No you can't customize it beyond what we say you can."

5. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I'm pretty sure Apple's growth will come to an end as does any other bubble. However, I think 2 years is a little prematurely optimistic. I'd give it 3-5 year. And who knows, with Tim Cook at the helm, Apple may be able to succeed in ways that Steve couldn't or wouldn't take.

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