Apple's iPad and iPhone are like mutant viruses according to Acer founder Stan Shih, who says they may be difficult to cure now but PC vendors and Google's Android will isolate and become immune to in the future. (So, basically, the plot from that poorly adapted X3 movie?)

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.

Since iPad is currently putting a hurting on Acer's netbook business, it stands to reason Shih has ramped up the verbiage. It wasn't all slings and arrows, PC vs Mac, VHS vs Betamax however:

Shih still praised Apple's creativity and innovation, especially its highly integrated hardware and software and its completely established online application store and believes its strategy should be a good example for PC brands to learn from. Shih noted that all Apple's applications are built on a culture of innovation

Good luck trying to cure that.

[Digitimes via 9to5Mac]