Acer Halves Tablet Forecast
[Via Daring Fireball]
Acer Inc., the Taiwanese PC maker battling excess inventory and a share-price slump, more than halved its tablet forecast because of concerns a weaker European economy may damp demand.
Tablet shipments will be about 2.5 million to 3 million units this year, President Jim Wong said in Taipei today. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer JT Wang as recently as May 10 forecast selling 7 million of the devices, which compete with Apple Inc.’s iPad and Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Tab.
Via Dare Obasanjo, who tweets:
Acer finds out what I’ve always said, there isn’t a tablet market, there’s an iPad market.
Competing with Apple iPads is not so easy. Samsung may be able to hang on because it was the first “competitor” although that may have happened through back door ‘technology transfer’ fromApple, since Samsung is a major partner in the manufacture of each iPad.