Acer founder Stan Shih on Friday said that tablets like Apple’s iPad and ultrabooks like those in the works from numerous Intel partners — including Acer — are a “short-term phenomena.” Speaking with DigiTimes, Shih urged companies to continue focusing on notebook computers and innovative value-added products. Shih commended Apple for thinking outside the box when bringing the iPad to market, but said personal computers will continue to be requisites for businesses and consumers. When asked if Shih believed Acer’s upcoming low-cost 7-inch tablet would be a success, he noted that consumers indeed want low-cost options. Shih founded Acer, then called Multitech, in 1976 along with his wife. He ran the company until his retirement in 2004. More →
Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak on Friday said he would consider a return to an active role at Apple if the company approached him. In an interview with Reuters, Wozniak said he would be open to the possibility of returning to the company he helped build. Wozniak currently holds a position as chief scientist at Fusion-io, though he also still advises Apple and is still on the company’s payroll. “There’s just an awful lot I know about Apple products and competing products that has some relevance, some meaning,” Wozniak told Reuters in an interview. He went on to call Apple’s current products “unbelievable,” but noted that the company could stand to be a bit more open. “My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales,” said Wozniak, adding, “I’m sure they’re making the right decisions for the right reasons for Apple.” Apple CEO Steve Jobs is currently on his third medical leave since 2004, though the company said Jobs is still involved with major strategic decisions while on leave.