Acer Founder: Apple is a 'Mutant Virus'

Stan Shih sure knows how to get a party started. In an interview with Digitimes yesterday, the Acer founder went on record to say that Apple’s products are a ‘mutant virus’ for which PC makers will eventually find a ‘cure’ in the long term. Ouch.

That isn’t as bad as it sounds, I swear.

Shih actually applauded Apple for its innovation and creativity, citing the company’s strategy as one PC makers could take a page from. He even went so far as to predict US PC vendors’ withdrawal from the PC game as profits decline.

However, Shih believes that Big Steve’s quest for ‘revolution’, while due respect, will always and ultimately give way to a market that ‘evolves naturally’ – that being the PC market, of course.

Honestly, that’s kind of a good point, and Shih’s not wrong – historically, slow and steady tends to win the race. Even now, look at Windows’ market share. So perhaps there’s wisdom in Shih’s words, as unnaturally bold as they may be.

Written by Ty Dunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.

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  • Maruf

    Is it true

  • Jo Manny

    Oh wow, that makes very good sense dude.


  • robert

    If Apple is a virus, it may be incurable. I’ve tasted the Kool-AId, and will cling to my Apple-disease no matter how PC makers may evolve. As frustrated as I get with Mr. Jobs’ choices at times, I have come to trust that there is far greater frustration to be had with a PC running anything. Just maybe, someday, Linux will get to a point of parity in my lifetime, but it isn’t there yet.

    • Julio Verani

      Well, Robert, i guess Ty was talking about the great public, not about the few “MacManiacs” that pays a LOT more for every iThing launched just because it “feels great”.

      By the way, i have an iPhone and it is great, but i would never trade my Custom/Personalized PC for any iMac or else, specialli because with the cost of a medium powered iMac, i can build a greatly powered workstation, with the specs i want, not those chosen by Big Stevie…

    • Anonymous

      Awesome post. Thanks for clarifying a lot of issues.

  • DumbCommentGuy

    Acer is just another host for viruses… like many other unimaginative and untalented hosts – hp, Dell, Gateway, Compaq, Lenovo, etc.

  • Go linux!

  • Anonymous

    Why said Apple is a ‘Mutant Virus’?

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