Acer founder says Apple products are like "mutant viruses"

  • Acer founder Stan Shih claims he respects Apple, but insists that popular devices such as the iPad and and iPhone are little more than over-hyped mutant viruses.

    According to Shih, the industry may find it difficult to treat the "virus" in the short-term, but will eventually find a way to isolate the company and become "immune."

    Nevertheless, Shih told the DigiTimes that Apple deserves to be "respected," as the company maintains a "completely different" strategy
    compared to other, more traditional PC brands.

    "Steve Jobs has always been looking for revolution, while other PC brands evolved naturally and are developing products in a more solid way. But based on the historical experience, a market that evolves naturally will always turn out to be much stronger," he opined.

    "[For example], Windows has attracted the adoption of most PC brands, [while] Apple's PC market has turned out to be limited, with a market share far less than the open Windows platform group."