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Acer Founder: Apple is Like a Mutant Virus

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 56 comments

Acer founder Stan Shih compared Apple's products to mutant viruses while also predicting a grim future for US-based PC manufacturers.

Wednesday during an interview, Acer founder Stan Shih took a slight jab at Apple, comparing its products--namely the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch--to mutant viruses. According to the exec, its difficult to find a cure for said viruses in the short-term, however he believes that the PC industry will eventually find a way to contain the infection, and become immune to its effects.

However Shih didn't completely devalue Steve Jobs and his accomplishments. He noted the success of Apple's innovation and creativity through iTunes and the introduction of apps. Shih said that PC vendors need to follow the lead and focus less on hardware and more on innovative software in order to grab a portion of the growing market.

Shih also added that Apple actually deserves a little respect. While PC manufacturers have evolved naturally and developed products "in a more solid way," the Apple boss has taken a different strategy, looking for a "revolution." But despite Apple's success, Shih believes that the PC market will eventually come out on top, as history dictates that a natural evolution builds a stronger industry backbone.

During the interview, Shih also compared Microsoft’s Windows against Apple's Macintosh OS, and then eventually into the war between VHS and Betamax. Both examples compare the open platform approach against a closed platform approach, with the latter option apparently providing a far less market share than the former open Windows platform group. He even noted the emergence of Google's open Android platform as a tool that could help isolate Apple in the future.

Towards the end of the interview, Shih spelled out a grim future for the PC market here in the States. According to the Acer founder, US-based vendors will eventually abandon the market in the long term and turn to the services industry. He even cited IBM's sale of its PC department to Lenovo, deeming it as a sign of things to come.

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  • 28 Hide
    Joecitizen , September 10, 2010 1:07 AM
    I'm immune to this virus, I'm not an iSheep
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    kageryu , September 10, 2010 1:51 AM
    crus_russI used to hate apple, but now I own an iphone, ipod and macbook pro. Really you dont need windows anymore, except for Direct X based games.The reason I slowly got sucked into apple is because of their extremely high quality build and human interfaces. PCs are akin to bloatware and every app looks and behaves differently. With apple, there is 1 or 2 ways to do something and its simple, clean and fast. Sure sometimes you get stuck because there is something missing (like writing to NFS volumes), but the sheer quality and ease of use of the other 95% has totally kicked pc/microsoft in the butt.Apple has simply showed people, "there is another way, computers dont need to be complicated".With the web as the platform these days, the line between PC and Mac is blurring to really be the visual interface and support for certain programs. I am an IT professional and the reasons for needing a PC are rapidly dwindling (note, I run a win7 VM in the background if I need something, but its rare).


    In other words, you don't need to smart enough to realize that you're paying double for the low quality hardware and you should be happy that there's an interface that even retards can use to...oh wow...I can't even completely make fun of you. That's how sad your statement makes me. This mutant virus must be eliminated!! It's a hazard to human intelligence!
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    NeeKo , September 10, 2010 1:49 AM
    JoecitizenI'm immune to this virus, I'm not an iSheep


    Word!
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  • 11 Hide
    elel , September 9, 2010 11:30 PM
    If that's him, I think he's the one looking like a mutant :p 
  • 21 Hide
    dogofwars , September 9, 2010 11:34 PM
    Might be right but again there is too many fanboy out there that just want an Apple product.
  • 12 Hide
    Teen Geek , September 9, 2010 11:40 PM
    I hope he's right
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    phych , September 9, 2010 11:52 PM
    I hope he's wrong. Less competition is never good for consumers and innovation. I'd like to see Android and Linux gain more foothold in the market, but I would still like Apple to be alive and provide competition.
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    thejerk , September 10, 2010 12:00 AM
    Stan looks like he'd be real good at eating corn on the cobb.
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    volt-aire , September 10, 2010 12:32 AM
    Wow, racists and apple fanboys. I think he makes a good point; closed systems can't compete with open ones in the end, and a single monolithic company's supply chain can't compete with an entire industry (that is competitive within itself). Apple's marketing and presentation vaulted it back into relevance with the iPod, but unless they can keep producing products that have the same premium over competitors that are cheaper and technically superior, they won't last.

    It's a shame about American computer hardware as a whole, too. It's a process that's basically already happened, though, it's just that instead of getting components produced by an American company in China you get them from a Chinese company.. in China.
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    Joecitizen , September 10, 2010 1:07 AM
    I'm immune to this virus, I'm not an iSheep
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    frozenlead , September 10, 2010 1:15 AM
    Quote:
    He noted the success of Apple's innovation and creativity through iTunes and the introduction of apps.


    I believe that 'app' is short for 'application' which have been available for smartphones and all kinds of computing devices for years before the app store.
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    thesupermedium , September 10, 2010 1:39 AM
    This coming from a man who made the company that sells cheap stuff quickly and promptly dies with no support. Sounds like a virus to me.
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    NeeKo , September 10, 2010 1:49 AM
    JoecitizenI'm immune to this virus, I'm not an iSheep


    Word!
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    kageryu , September 10, 2010 1:51 AM
    crus_russI used to hate apple, but now I own an iphone, ipod and macbook pro. Really you dont need windows anymore, except for Direct X based games.The reason I slowly got sucked into apple is because of their extremely high quality build and human interfaces. PCs are akin to bloatware and every app looks and behaves differently. With apple, there is 1 or 2 ways to do something and its simple, clean and fast. Sure sometimes you get stuck because there is something missing (like writing to NFS volumes), but the sheer quality and ease of use of the other 95% has totally kicked pc/microsoft in the butt.Apple has simply showed people, "there is another way, computers dont need to be complicated".With the web as the platform these days, the line between PC and Mac is blurring to really be the visual interface and support for certain programs. I am an IT professional and the reasons for needing a PC are rapidly dwindling (note, I run a win7 VM in the background if I need something, but its rare).


    In other words, you don't need to smart enough to realize that you're paying double for the low quality hardware and you should be happy that there's an interface that even retards can use to...oh wow...I can't even completely make fun of you. That's how sad your statement makes me. This mutant virus must be eliminated!! It's a hazard to human intelligence!
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    matt87_50 , September 10, 2010 2:06 AM
    I'm sure when people get over novelty and realise they should probably actually get something done... Apple will subside.

    Apple is basically tech junk food. (irony)
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    jimmysmitty , September 10, 2010 2:16 AM
    crus_russI used to hate apple, but now I own an iphone, ipod and macbook pro. Really you dont need windows anymore, except for Direct X based games.The reason I slowly got sucked into apple is because of their extremely high quality build and human interfaces. PCs are akin to bloatware and every app looks and behaves differently. With apple, there is 1 or 2 ways to do something and its simple, clean and fast. Sure sometimes you get stuck because there is something missing (like writing to NFS volumes), but the sheer quality and ease of use of the other 95% has totally kicked pc/microsoft in the butt.Apple has simply showed people, "there is another way, computers dont need to be complicated".With the web as the platform these days, the line between PC and Mac is blurring to really be the visual interface and support for certain programs. I am an IT professional and the reasons for needing a PC are rapidly dwindling (note, I run a win7 VM in the background if I need something, but its rare).


    Yea its also called complete and total control. I can't buy Apple due to the fact that they want to tell you what hardware you can or cannot run and what programs you can or cannot run.

    Add to that a lovely service called Bonjour that every program installs on PCs to open ports allowing other programs like trojans and viruses to get in it makes me sick to think of Apple.

    If Apple ever gets big enough (they are close) it will be like shooting fish in a barrel for viruses. Considering that Ping started with no scam or spam protection and was filled with it, that should show anyone what Apple thinks. They think they are invulnerable.

    Then there is the way Steve Jobs basically told customers that they were using a device wrong when it had a obvious hardware flaw. Last time I checked, unless they are die hard fanboys the customer is always right. They should recall all the iPhone 4s and fix the hardware issue.

    Bleh. Apple is just bad. People can dance around all they want but Apple is not a people company. They are a "fill my pockets" company.
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    yyk71200 , September 10, 2010 2:54 AM
    Because of fanboism, Apple can get away with profit with such devices as IPad. There are two things that are truly superior about Apple: their marketing (makes you realy think that you cannot live without their products, creates fan-boys, etc.) and the battery live of their MacBooks. Other than that, I am not impressed.
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    Trashit , September 10, 2010 3:07 AM
    getrealTypical comment from those who are jealous of Apple's success. It's tough being number 1; Apple has a giant target on its back.

    Yep you sure know your stuff, cos number 1 companies are often found at the bottom of market share charts....(hope you were being sarcastic)
    http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-200909-201008

    No this is just another case of the idiots making more noise than those with common sense who simple ignore Apple and their flock of sheeple.
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    delta7 , September 10, 2010 3:15 AM
    thesupermediumThis coming from a man who made the company that sells cheap stuff quickly and promptly dies with no support. Sounds like a virus to me.



    Acer has improved their build quality immensely, I bought an acer laptop from them two years and returned it in a week. This year when I was looking for an ultra light notebook I took a chance on them again and I am glad I did. And he's right apple is an anomaly that rides more on form than function, and things will change for them eventually.
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