Acer Founder Calls Apple a 'Mutant Virus' - The UpStream

Acer Founder Calls Apple a 'Mutant Virus'

posted Saturday Sep 11, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Acer Founder Calls Apple a 'Mutant Virus'

This is exactly why you don't start pushing your competitors: eventually, they will push back! Acer founder Stan Shih called Apple's products a "mutant virus" this week and all the Mac users are up in arms about it. They seemed to have forgotten that when Jobs went to defend the iPhone 4's antenna problems, he did the same thing. Gasp!

What in the world is going on here? Follow the break.

Shih was doing an interview with Digitimes when he said it. Shih further claims that Apple's popularity is pretty much because of the iPad and iPhone's success, and he referred to the products as "mutant viruses." He went on to say that just like viruses are hard to "cure" in the short term, he thinks that PC makers will find a way to isolate Apple and become immune to them.

Here's an excerpt from the Digitimes article:

Shih pointed out that Apple deserves to be respected, since it has a completely different strategy than other PC brands. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has always been looking for revolution, while other PC brands evolved naturally and are developing products in a more solid way, Shih commented. But based on the historical experience, a market that evolves naturally will always turn out to be much stronger, according to Shih.

Don't get it wrong, though. Shih was very fair and balanced and even praised Apple for their creativity and innovation, specifically with their success of the application store. He even said that it's a good strategy for PC brands to learn from.

I definitely want to know what everyone thinks. Is Stan Shih crazy or is he really bringing up some valid points? Have we -- and by we I mean the general population -- been brainwashed by thinking that if it's not an iPhone that it's worthless? A YouTube video out there seems to agree with that theory.

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