Acer Downplays iPad's Impact on Notebooks

Paul Lilly

During a recent summit in Taiwan, Acer chairman JT Wang once again attempted to put the iPad hype into perspective, saying Apple's magical tablet isn't impacting notebook sales the way some analysts predicted.

Wang did admit that the iPad and similar products will become a new mainstream segment in the PC market, but not at the expense of other products. And even though the iPad has been selling well since it came out in April, Wang says that's par for the course for new product launches, but expects consumers to eventually return to their senses.

Part of Wang's confidence in the notebook market is that many iPad owners haven't gone and dropped their laptops off at Goodwill. Instead, they're using them for typing up documents, drawing up charts, and other tasks that the iPad is ill-equipped to handle.

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