Acer exec says Apple's 'closed' iPad will drop to 20% market share

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in iPad edited January 2014
The chairman of PC maker Acer has predicted that Apple's iPad will drop to just 20 percent of the total tablet market when competing options are introduced, due to the "closed platform" of the iOS operating system.



JT Wang, chairman of Acer, spoke with the Economic Daily News and shared his prediction that the market share of the iPad will drop from 100 percent to between 20 percent and 30 percent.



Acer, like seemingly every other PC maker, is expected to get into the tablet business following the success of Apple's iPad. That's a change from earlier this year, when the company said before the iPad launched that it had no intention of competing with Apple in that market.



Wang based his prediction on recent reports that Android-based smartphone shipments had surpassed the iPhone. Google's Android mobile operating system is available on a number of devices and carriers, while iOS is only available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



In his comments, Wang, as translated by DigiTimes, said that he believes a "closed platform" like Apple's iOS will fall to an "open" one such as Google Android. Apple does not allow customization of its operating system, and must approve every application that is made available for download through its digital App Store.



But despite being "closed," Apple's App Store has many more options than the Android Market, with about a quarter-million applications currently available for download. Android, by comparison, has more than 70,000 applications.



Wang, however, believes that the success of Android is inevitable. He noted that based on his past experience, open platforms will succeed, and he believes "Android simply needs a little more time before it turns strong."



Released in April, Apple's iPad sold more than 3 million in its first 80 days of availability. Numerous competitors have been pitching their own alternatives, but so far a major, formidable competitor has not been released.
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  • Reply 1 of 235
    finetunesfinetunes Posts: 2,065member
    Same for iPhone?
  • Reply 2 of 235
    storneostorneo Posts: 101member
    Same for iPod?
  • Reply 3 of 235
    boogabooga Posts: 1,077member
    Quote:

    He noted that based on his past experience, open platforms will succeed



    Yes, because Windows and iPod were SO open compared to Linux. Why doesn't Linux run on every desktop in the world? Because consumers don't care about openness. They want value, utility, and entertainment. Android is looking like it will be a reasonable contender, but nothing is inevitable.
  • Reply 4 of 235
    Open: What we sell.

    Closed: What they sell.
  • Reply 5 of 235
    feynmanfeynman Posts: 1,087member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by storneo View Post


    Same for iPod?



    My thoughts exactly. Although, iTunes is "Open" as it runs on both Mac and Windows, and that's what drives the iPod (minus the iPod Touch). As opposed to the iPhone, where iOS drives the platform.
  • Reply 6 of 235
    Customization is for the 5% geeky fringe. Most consumers could care less about reading the instructions, much less customizing their device. Ease of use and dependability are what 95% of consumers seek.
  • Reply 7 of 235
    rbonnerrbonner Posts: 635member
    In the past, Apple wrote all of the applications, now they provide API's and a way to inject apps into the device. Still smart to control a portion of the process, but that is way different from being considered a closed system.
  • Reply 8 of 235
    foo2foo2 Posts: 1,077member
    If it comes to it, that would be the top 20% of the market, with the rest racing to the bottom.
  • Reply 9 of 235
    brucepbrucep Posts: 2,823member
    %20 is huge .









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  • Reply 10 of 235
    Huh? What is Acer ? Oh I see he's a wang.
  • Reply 11 of 235
    Apple stopped caring about marketshare a long time ago. They measure success by profit.



    Even at 20% they'll still be raking in more than the competition. Hundreds of tablets will be competing for the 80%.
  • Reply 12 of 235
    I can't wait until statements like these are proven to be as ridiculous as they sound now.
  • Reply 13 of 235
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    What a ridiculous statement. Why doesn't he wait until he has a product and see how it does in the market before bragging about how well he's going to do.



    Oh, and btw, I'm sure Apple fully expects that their 90% share in tablet devices will fall. But if it ends up like the PC industry where they sell 5-10% of the systems but make 35% of the profits, then a 20% market share probably wouldn't be too bad. Apple is NOT interested in market share for its' own sake.
  • Reply 14 of 235
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    Originally Posted by Foo2 View Post


    If it comes to it, that would be the top 20% of the market, with the rest racing to the bottom.



    My thoughts exactly, 1 company 20% of the market. 15 or more companies the other 80%. Sounds like acer is already admitting defeat.
  • Reply 15 of 235
    sendmesendme Posts: 567member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DougDolde View Post


    Huh? What is Acer ?



    They are the second-largest computer company in the world. Their unit shipments dwarf those of Apple.



    But all we care about is Apple, so it is easy to miss what is going on in the world around us.
  • Reply 16 of 235
    This 20% marketshare theory doesn't make any sense. Apple is a vicious competitor and will out-maneuver any competitor.



    If marketshare begins to slide Apple has lots of quick solutions they can make for that problem (cut prices, add features, support more networks) that will re-apply the pressure on competitors.
  • Reply 17 of 235
    antkm1antkm1 Posts: 1,441member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kyle76 View Post


    Customization is for the 5% geeky fringe. Most consumers could care less about reading the instructions, much less customizing their device. Ease of use and dependability are what 95% of consumers seek.



    that is a fair point...but may i also point out that many Enterprises create apps for their mobile devices (as well as pc's) and having a closed platform like iOS is limiting.
  • Reply 18 of 235
    With no respect to market share in the tablet market, the 'closed' iOS attracts developers because the ecosystem is geared toward making consumers actually pay for their consumption. Profit motive drives development, and because piracy is more prevalent when it's easier, the profit motive pendulum will, for the foreseeable future, swing apple's way. If I'm a developer, I'm publishing to make money, not to praise the merits of an 'open' environment.



    Plus, the other folks have proven to lack the creativity and/or drive to succeed with their interface and experience without running afoul of Apple's copyrights and patents.
  • Reply 19 of 235
    And the iOS SDK is free...
  • Reply 20 of 235
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ElmCityWeb View Post


    I can't wait until statements like these are proven to be as ridiculous as they sound now.



    Won't have to wait long.
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