Last night, during its CES keynote, Taiwan-based manufacturer Acer announced that it was getting into the cloud business. Dubbed AcerCloud, the service will allow users to keep content synced between their phones, tablets and computers.

Now, we’re not trying to jump to any conclusions here. But there’s something about the service that looks awfully familiar. We can’t quite put our finger on it, but it seems like we’ve seen this service and, come to think of it, these slides before…

In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, we’re insinuating that Acer’s cloud initiative looks an awful lot like iCloud. From its photo-syncing component, PicStream, to the slides the company used to demonstrate it, AcerCloud seems like a spitting image of Apple’s cloud service.

And we’re not the only ones who have noticed the similarities. Tech sites from around the web spent the morning commenting on the topic. Here’s what The Loop had to say:

“Acer came up with a good idea. Let’s put pics, documents and media in the cloud and make them available to all of your devices… oh wait, that’s called iCloud. No matter, we’ll just steal the idea and call it AcerCloud. Oh, and to save time, we might as well steal Apple’s presentation slide too.”

We’re going to give Acer the benefit of the doubt here and imagine that the rest of AcerCloud’s unseen features don’t resemble iCloud at all. Because the one’s that are showing, show a complete lack of innovation.

[The Verge]

  • AGAIN.

    When do people will stop copy Apple?

  • Malay Mody

    This is getting ridiculous. It’s bad enough that companies copy products and services, but presentation slides???? C’mon acer, make your own shit

    • I know, Apple. Please stop copying the notification center from Android, and the wifi sync from hackers. Stop copying other people’s work.

      • Hkg

        so the notification center was invented by Android? Did Apple copy the whole jb app from hackers directly?

        just sayin

      • Well, my friends Evo 4G had the slide down notification center long before iOS5. Wifi sync was part of the jailbreak, before Apple implemented it. And yet, they give no credit. Don’t take this criticism wrong, this is coming from a big Apple product fan.

  • Of course, apple has such a great sucess.

  • Anonymous

    O M G

  • Simon Reidy

    Apple’s lawyers are going to have a field day with this one! The stupid thing is Acer could have created a similar cloud based system, that didn’t have to exactly replicate Apple’s model. However rather than think p something original (and create their own PowerPoint slides!) they take the lazy and safe option, by copying everything about iCloud except the name. In fact they may as well just call it aCloud to match!

  • samsung and sony are making their way to cloud sync

  • Still amazes me how Acer can completely steal a slide and apple’s still looks so much better. I mean, look at the font Acer used! Hideous.

  • Wow, they are even sticking to the 30 day sync? They aren’t trying to differentiate themselves at all, are they?
    This is a really good example of what patents are for, innovation doesn’t occur by mimicking, this was a chance for acer to go one better, to sell something more, then they appearently took an arrow to the knee or something.

  • I’m going to give Acer the benefit of the doubt here and imagine that they already contacted Apple and licensed it.

  • yep there al crap and never buy a acer lap top unless you have a spear hard dis sitting arond

    • icloud mk ii with cobrera strips and all

    • I have an acer laptop for over 2 years now with the original hard drive. The only complaint i have about it is the optical drive went out.

  • Clearly Acer took a little inspiration from apple on this slide and all, but there are only so many ways to make a cloud syncing service. Besides, Apple was not first in the cloud service, but i dont hear anyone complaining about apple copying other people’s cloud services, at least parts of their services.

  • Ohhh snap lawsuit 😀

  • Grant Lawrence

    Acer had the idea for the cloud first, Apple just beat them to the punch by releasing it earlier… Tough luck Acer, Apple wins as usual