Major PC makers plan to concede tablet market to Apple in 2012

“Traditional PC makers like Dell and HP believe they have no advantages in the tablet market, and plan to phase out from competing with Apple’s iPad, along with low-end tablets from content providers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in 2012,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.

“Along with Hewlett-Packard and Dell, other “pure” PC makers like Acer and Asus plan to gradually exit the tablet market next year, industry sources told DigiTimes,” Oliver reports. “The main reason is said to be that they cannot provide content like Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.”

Oliver reports, “If accurate, the news that traditional PC makers have lost interest in the tablet market could be bad news for Microsoft, as the company’s forthcoming Windows 8 operating system will feature a tablet-friendly interface.”

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    1. early to the tablet party. And without a hosting gift, I guess. Because their product was … weak?
      How can someone who makes a percent or two on a desktop or laptop expect to make even that on a lower-cost product requiring its own engineering? Can’t. No-win, there.

  1. “Can you feel the squeeze? Can you hear the screams? Can you see the full shelves in warehouses everywhere as the unsold faux tablet inventory piles up?”

    It’s about time reality hit these other tech industry idiots trying to parrot Apple. Unless you can copy the whole parrot no one wants to look at one with only one leg, one wing and a prayer.

  2. MS may fail miserably in the tablet market, but if they do not at least delivery a decent competing platform, it spells the death knell of this giant. There is no ifs and or buts about it.

  3. You know you’re looking forward to the soon to be released ZuneMonolith tablet comp!!
    Yea MS will revive Zune hardware in the form of a steaming pile of glass and silicon.

  4. “… could be bad news for Microsoft, as the company’s forthcoming Windows 8 operating system will feature a tablet-friendly interface.”

    No, Windows 8 is ‘bad news’ for Microsoft. Their ‘new’ 2-D interface is retrograde trash that consistently FAILs to please. Expect nothing but backlash from user victims.

    As for ‘OtherPad’ makers conceding the tablet market to Apple: Could their be a more SAD comment on the lack of imagination in today’s computer tech community? Great job their WallStreetTards. You knifed your own future. Don’t ask for a bailout. 😯

    1. I always got the impression that Apple (Jobs, Schiller, etc) was excited to use their own products and to see others using them, too. If you’re just going for the bottom line, you’ll make one product and see how long you can milk it (ala Windows).

  5. I’ve been staying this “trend” is already in progress.

    With iPod, it was initially a high-end product, and the “big players” went head-to-head with Apple. Then, they mostly gave up trying and failing to compete directly and focused on “niches” that Apple ignored intentionally. One was the “low end.” Apple eventually went there as well and “iPod” became synonymous with “digital music player.”

    The same thing is happening with iPad. The competition has become tired of losing money trying to match iPad based on specs, features, and price tag. “Matching” iPad and still making a profit is very difficult. And why would customers buy incomplete flawed copies of iPad (at a matching price) when they can get a real iPad? Some things, like iPad’s App Store catalog, are impossible to copy.

    So again, one way to avoid competing directly with Apple is to go for the low end. It’s funny that most people forget iPad’s original competition was “netbooks” (cheap under-featured laptops). Instead of releasing an ultra-cheap MacBook (as the “experts” advised), Apple released iPad in the same price range. iPad was Apple’s low-end PC, Apple’s answer to the popularity of netbooks.

    Now, no one cares about netbooks. And now, iPad is considered the high-end product in a new category of devices (tablet computers) that Apple created. I’m sure Apple will eventually address the lower end of this new market too.

  6. #fredman
    That’s not such a bad idea. Microsoft, itself, can’t get into hardware manufacture which would piss off all its hardware partners – but through Nokia it could get into Apple’s hardware+software controlled environment by having close partnerships to build a great tablet. Nokia is really good at hardware. I would not be surprised that Nokia is not working in a Windows 8 tablet.

  7. I can’t understand why some people like competition for competition’s sake. Don’t get me wrong: I am for true competition provided the contestants are fit and capable to compete. What we got from the field is that many of the contestants are not fit to compete and they have to rely on gimmicks and bottom prices hoping to take a bite at the prize. To tell you the truth, Apple is the ONLY contestant that compete on merit alone: it does not rely on gimmicks like free lunches and cut-throat prices to play. In fact, Apple hands and feet are tied by the judges and an unfair artificial advantage is being given to the other handicapped contestants. If there is a really a realistic competitive field, these contestants should not be entered in the competition at all.

    Unfair competition hurts everyone. The consumer gets shoddy products without much support and the vendors couldn’t make any margin to improve on their finances but to cut further in support and development. And the environment also suffers because all these shoddy products will fill landfills. Wastage of resources going into shoddy products also tax on the viability and sustainability of such weak businesses to stay for the long haul. This is the problem where artificial competition will produce a weak economy in the long run and this is one factor that has hobbled the American economy in its present state.

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