Apple’s Taiwan rival lauds Jobs

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) ? Taiwan’s Acer Inc., a leading PC vendor, calls Steve Jobs a “person of great vision, innovation and leadership” as it remembered the late Apple founder’s “huge influence” on the industry.

In a Thursday statement, Acer said Jobs’ death “is a great loss to Apple as well as the industry.”

Acer was once the world’s No. 3 PC vendor, but the advent of Apple’s iPads cut into PC sales and forced Acer to change directions to meet the challenge early this year.

Jobs’ death did not have an immediate impact on Hon Hai Industry Precision Co., a key producer of iPhones and iPads. Its share prices rose about 2 percent early Thursday on expectations that recent Apple price cuts will bolster the Taiwanese company’s revenues.