Apple is responsible for nearly all the innovations we see in mobile today

“A curious thing happened after last week’s big reveal of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S 4,” Galen Gruman writes for InfoWorld. “While the hype around Samsung as the new innovation leader went over the top, the disappointment around the S 4 hit immediately. That conflict shows that something is really off in the tech industry and among the tech punditry. I’d go so far as to say the industry and punditry at large have crossed into a parallel universe of stupidity.”

“If you define innovation as changing the game, Apple is responsible for nearly all the innovations we see in mobile today… gestures, apps, app stores, phones as computers, phones as media devices, contextual operation, and the notion of a unified ecosystem across device types — are Apple’s,” Gruman writes. “As Trip Chowdhry notes, they set the assumptions for every mobile device out there, whether running Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Ubuntu, or another OS. Each platform may bring its own inventions and distinctions to the table, but they’re playing in the world Apple defined.”

Gruman writes, “Samsung has done nothing like that — it just copied and sometimes refined or extended Apple’s innovation, he says: ‘There have always been ‘innovators’ who drink their own Kool-Aid. Samsung has done nothing significant to the user experience.'”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Cognativedisonance” for the heads up.]


    1. You should see the disingenuous history rewriting buffoon comments on that site. They won’t let Apple have an inch. It’s hilarious to me the geeks and Apple Haters who do their utmost to deny Apple it’s well-deserved high perch place in tech history. The “Apple had never innovated anything” argument among geektards is delusional denial, idiocy, stupidity and lunacy at it’s finest.

      1. Crapple stole everything in the iPhone first from Windows Mobile and Palm and then later Android. They have the brass to claim they invented things like the lockscreen (in Windows Mobile 10 years ago) and notification screen, that they ripped off Android, but couldn’t even copy property. And worse, they sue the originators claiming they invented what they stole. But they have a history of doing this. Just ask the folks at Xerox PARC where Crapple stole the entire Mac OS and mouse idea after Steve Knobs had toured the facility. Knobs is even on record admitting he stole other people’s ideas.

        The fact that Crapple doesn’t innovate is evident in how dated IOS 6 looks, which looks exactly like the first IOS. Meanwhile everybody else, the true innovators, continue to innovate and improve their OS’s, while Crapple continues to copy and mislead its Koolaid drinking fanboys.

        1. Not to feed a troll but you also also horribly wrong and especially about one thing. “Crapple” did not steal anything from Xerox as SameDung did from Apple. They licenced it. Common misconception. We can hurl insults just like you. I would imagine Xerox is still making money on that licence

        2. The “lock screen” issue I believe is *SWIPE* to unlock. Did Windows Mobile have that 10 years ago?

          Also, as said, Apple *paid* for the Xerox technology.

        3. As others have said you could not be more wrong lol. You look so stupid posting your 3rd grade knowledge about how Mac OS or iOS came about and really show that you know nothing at all. Also it was Flavor Aid that Jimmy Jones used idiot not Kool Aid. If your going to use that metaphor.

        4. Apple didn’t invent every technology they ever used, they were just the first to visualize and make the move to implement most of it… USB, invented by Intel, not in a single PC until Apple put it in their Macs, 3.5″ floppy, invented by Sony, but not in a single PC until Apple put them in their Macs while PCs still hung onto those 5 1/4″ floppies, CD-ROMs, not invented by Apple, but it was Apple who made the move to them first, eliminating the 3.5″ floppy while PC manufacturers and PC fanboys laughed, calling Apple insane for getting rid of the floppy. Graphical user interface, created by Apple’s team after seeing a vastly different prototype at Xerox PARC that Xerox had no idea what to do with, nor did they even care… Steve Jobs ran with the possibilities and many of the PARC engineers, frustrated with Xerox’s basic abandonment of their vision, left for Apple to help put this concept into “real world” use, which led to the Lisa, then Mac. Windows basically was an upside-down, crudely copied version slapped ontop of DOS… basically copied from Apple after MS worked on Mac software (Word, Excel, Works, etc) and got a good look at the was of the GUI Apple had developed. That was a dirty bit of cheating, much like MS cheated IBM when they played along with them on the development of OS2, all the while working on Win95 behind their backs. Apple was first to use CD/DVD burners in their machines, the first to run a 32 bit operating system, which is why professional graphics software for the print industry was Mac only for a long time. Apple developed the first Laser printer, which printed with Postscript, which Apple worked on with Adobe. MS later copied many of the Apple developed fonts and simply tweaked them slightly, then re-named them. Apple invented firewire, which became an industry standard for video cameras for years, all while PCs still came with ancient serial ports. Apple was the first to go all flat-screen in their computer line. Apple invented the all-in-one desktop computer (original Macs, then later the iMacs) to eventually be copied by several other manufacturers. Apple was the first to implement “style” into computers, from color to simple, elegant design… Apple didn’t invent the portable MP3 player, but they were the ones to give it a simple, user-friendly interface… Apple invented the first online store for music, giving the music industry their first chance to actually make money on downloads. Apple figured out a way to tie the whole idea of purchasing music, burning cds, storing music synchronized with your PC, and making that portability easy for the average person… obviously they did something right or the iPod would not have been the massive success it was. Apple invented the touch-based portable device interface, complete with gestures… and Android soon followed suit, despite originally being developed to compete with the Blackberry, complete with physical keyboards and trackballs… imagine how wonderful that innovation would have been… Asian manufacturers also followed suit with their typical copying, and assembled phones that resembled the iPhone, almost down to the packaging. Apple invented the first serious, portable tablet, which is the industry standard. Apple invented the App Store concept… everyone else called programs, well… programs, while Apple had always called programs… wait for it… applications. So, little applications = apps… get it. Of course, everyone tried to copy the iTunes store, with little success, even the record companies like Sony. Didn’t work. Apple’s whole brilliant difference is the one thing the Apple haters just don’t get… it’s the intermeshing of all the different parts into a coherent family of functional parts. Things work together because they’re designed to do that, not because some geek figured out a way to cobble together different components from different sources and hack it to make it work. Bottom line is, Apple is the only company that understood the entire picture, and added each part to this picture after it was ready, while knowing exactly where they were going long before. Yes, a lot of this came from the unique mind and personality of Steve Jobs, but Apple has always had a lot of talent, and the best talent tends to stick together. There is no way a Korean, or Taiwanese, or Chinese outfit is ever going to pull of anything like Apple has done, because it’s just not in their DNA. They have to hire out their creative processes, whatever ones they have, to California studios, or marketing outfits just to appear relevant, but what they are best at is manufacturing efficiently… Those are completely different things. Even the Chinese and Korean public understand this, which is why the will pay through their noses for Apple products, including the iPhone. They understand the concept of original vs. counterfeit in those countries because they are surrounded with examples of this in almost every consumer good ever made that has any “brand” cachet. So, Mr. Slobs… kindly put your head up your rear orifice.

      1. NFC is far from Mainstream and has so many security holes within it you can match all the pieces to your failed attempt at bashing Apple to the holes in your head.

        Until all the issues of direct Security are taken care of Apple is smart to hold off until a new and proven security ridden technology matures.

        Try to do some of that by understanding not being first is still considered the smartest course of action.

        NFC is hardly even available mainstream and until it is its is far from being considered a flop for Apple by not having a unsecured technology in its products.

        Little minds small excuses Jamie… If the shoe fits!!

    1. It’s far larger than that, easily multiple trillions and probably far higher. Graphic user interfaces run nearly everything we touch from ATMs to cash registers and all laptops and desktop commuters with very very few exceptions. On top of that they saved the music industry from collapse, and are a major driving force behind the production of movies, music and TV.

  1. True innovation = Risk taking

    No one else, it appear, especially Samsung, has the courage to be true innovators. They just let Apple take the risk, then copy whatever is successful.

    That’s partly why Apple keeps a large pile of cash. It is self-insurance to mitigate the risk. Apple doesn’t need to “bet the farm” anymore when they release a brand new product that is trying to be a game-changer, such as the first iPhone and first iPad. The “analysts” and “experts” need to stop telling Apple what to do with its cash, because it is serving a purpose.

  2. hahaha, is this guy for real? Apple invented the “phone as computers” and “apps”! What a joke. The iphone was late to the “‘phone as computers” game. Blackberry, Palm and some others were out way ahead of apple on this. What apple did was take a ipod and make it so that it could make phone calls (and it is about the worst actual phone in the smart phone world). It was and is a great touch screen device with, what was great at the time, an advanced UI that was easy to use. They did have a very unique way of downloading media to your phone that proved to be a real industry leader. But this guy wants to give all the credit to Apple for every inovation in the mobile computing world while ignoring what major players like Blackberry, Palm, Microsoft and the huge range of Android devices deserves much of the credit. What did Apple do that was so much better than everyone else? Marketing and that’s it! Apple has been resting back on what it managed to bring to the game between the first iphone and the iphone 4. They have been standing still ever since.

    1. Lee Jamie-Lee, you must not forget Newton introduce mobile computing. Palm outgrowth from there. Blackberry from there. Apple true innovator in mobile, everyone else copy.

    2. Rrrrrrrright. You are a fool. Apple introduced the GUI that we all use on our computers as well as the Mouse. It made the first true world wide personal computer. The IPod. Then revolutionized the mobile space With the iPhone and invented a new category in the iPad. You are right…apple just copied everyone else.
      Go spout your junk on Android and Blackberry forums punk!

      1. Dzoolander, lay off the koolaid. Apple blatantly stole the GUI and mouse from PARC, which had invented them back in 1968 long before there was a Crapple. Little Stevie took a tour of PARC and stole the concept from them. PARC invented drag and drop, folders and white screen with black text. Sound familiar?

        1. As I posted below, “Little Stevie” did not steal anything. He licenced it from Xerox. Xerox never brought that stuff to market, but Apple unified it for a commercial viable product. Stop your belitting and sniveling and grow up. If not you will be short in your next life time.

        2. PARC did not exsist in 1968, Steve jobs and Mac OS Team vistited PARC in 1979. While developing the First mac os for the Lisa. The quote below is a from Jef Raskin one of the founders of Apple. He was there he should know.
          As you will note the visit to PARC and subsequent use of any ideas were negotiated with Xerox by Jobs With pre-IPO purchase of Apple stock which Xerox agreed to before the visit happened. Jef Raskin goes on to say that some of the ideas they saw at xerox PARC were used some were not. Also many of the PARC engineers joined apples Mac OS Team shortly after the visit.

          “Apple engineers visited the PARC facilities (Apple secured the rights for the visit by compensating Xerox with a pre-IPO purchase of Apple stock) and a number of PARC employees subsequently moved to Apple to work on the Lisa and Macintosh GUI. However, the Apple work extended PARC’s considerably, adding manipulatable icons, and drag&drop manipulation of objects in the file system (see Macintosh Finder) for example. A list of the improvements made by Apple, beyond the PARC interface, can be read at Jef Raskin warns that many of the reported facts in the history of the PARC and Macintosh development are inaccurate, distorted or even fabricated, due to the lack of usage by historians of direct primary sources.”

        3. You have been repeatedly told the truth and shown the facts, but you repeat the LIES. That makes you a serial liar. . . a propaganda spreader of the worst ilk. You knowingly spread lies.

          Apple and Steve Jobs did not “steal” the Mac OS GUI from Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center. Apple and and Xerox negotiated an agreement to allow two eight hour visits for Jobs and a team of Apple engineers who were already working on a GUI. The visits would allow the Apple team to see what the PARC research had been working on and grant Apple license to use what they SAW there. They could take no notes, no code, no photographs, just inspiration. For these visits, Apple gave Xerox the right to buy 1,000,000 shares of per-IPO common share stock, which Xerox later sold after the IPO in 1980 for a profit of around $7 million. Had they held that stock until this last summer it would have been worth several tens of billions. They didn’t.

          Now, you have falsely stated that Apple also stole the mouse from PARC. The computer Mouse was invented in 1964 by Stanford University’s Douglas Engelbart at The Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Apple licensed the mouse patent from SRI (Microsoft never did, but they didn’t make a computer), paying a one time fee and a per unit royalty. So, again, you are pushing a lie.

          On the GUI, Apple itself invented drag and drop, drop down and multiple nested menus, draggable windows, visible window while dragging and overlapping windows, drag and drop to open or execute document on icons, the trash can metaphor for deleting files. They invented the menu bar at the top of the screen which made the finding of those menus an infinitely large easy target applying Fitts’ law. It’s obvious you’ve never even seen a Xerox Star using their SmallTalk GUI. If you had, you wouldn’t be spouting this nonsensical idiocy.

        4. Yo, moron, go take a swig of the kook aide given at Jonestown or you don’t know about that history either. Apple implemented the GUI and mouse from Xerox via $1 million in Apple stocks. You sir are a moron

    3. You are so laughable wrong. U must be one of those SameDung/Google trolls worming on this site. And BTW, Apple is responsible for all the inovation on the desk top too. They didn’t invent it all but they at least licenced it and brought it to market. SameDung is following the Microsoft mantra where how well you inovate is how well you copy.

    4. What did Apple do that was so much better than everyone else?

      I remember watching the introduction of the iPhone and if you cannot recollect what Apple did that was so much better than everyone else have a read, or watch it on YouTube.

      Apple elegantly linked up a music player concept with a web browser and a phone.

      The real thing for me that Apple did that was so much better was simplicity. I’ve been an Apple fan for a long time and I knew where he was going as he showed off the slides and said:

      “Here’s four smart phone, right? Motorola Q, the BlackBerry, Palm Treo, Nokia E62 — the usual suspects. And, what’s wrong with their user interfaces?”

      What was wrong with their user interface was that half the device was loaded with permanent hardware input buttons. The reason that many of the modern day smart phones have full screens and DO NOT have half the device loaded with buttons comes from Apple.

      That made the iPhone’s screen MASSIVE than any other smart phone of the day.

      Steve Jobs also mentioned a few other points of interest, that he has been looking forward to that day in 2007 for two-and-a-half years. He also mentioned how fortunate one is if you get to work on ONE revolutionary product in your career. He considered the Macintosh (1984), the iPod (2001) and the iPhone (2007) to be three revolutionary products. On average that’s one revolutionary product ever 7-8 years.

      Standing still ever since? Absolutely, it’s that stillness that is required between innovation. If you don’t give that silence you end up with a bunch of whiners who want something new everyday and have no respect for the WOW of NOW.

    1. You have got to be the stupidest person I’ve read on this site… and the funny thing is, you keep insisting on being stupid. That’s actually quite funny, and I’m sure Jon Stewart would have a field day with your tripe.

  3. Wow.
    I didn’t know Apple invented things like LTE (or even 3G). Apple has created a lot of stuff and has been quite innovative in the mobile space, but to claim they’ve are responsible for almost all of the innovation we see in mobile today is a bit hyperbolic.

    Apple is due a lot, but so are a lot of other companies.
    Even Samsung has done *some* innovative stuff. Phablets, for example. They may be crap, too big, etc., etc., but you can’t deny that they are an innovation that Apple didn’t create.

    1. You’re simply wrong. Apple didn’t invent something as trivial as LTE, Apple transformed the entire mobile space. Let me quote again from Counternotions and remember what the world was like before Apple introduced the iPhone:

      Carriers ruled the industry with an iron fist
      To access carriers’ networks handset makers capitulated everything
      Carriers dictated phone designs, features, apps, prices, marketing, advertising and branding
      Phones were reduced to cheap, disposable lures for carriers’ service contracts
      There was no revenue sharing between carriers and manufacturers
      There was no notion of phone networks becoming dumb pipes anytime soon
      Affordable, unlimited data plans as standard were unheard of
      A phone that would entice people to switch networks by the millions was a pipe dream
      Mobile devices were phones first and last, not usable handheld computers
      Even the smartest phones didn’t have seamless WiFi integration
      Without Visual Voice Mail, messages couldn’t be managed non-linearly
      There were no manufacturer owned and operated on-the-phone application stores as the sole source
      An on-the-phone store having 800,000 apps downloaded billions of times was not on anyone’s radar screen
      Low-cost, high-volume app pricing strategy with a 70/30 split didn’t exist
      Robust one-click in-app transactions were unknown
      There was no efficient, large scale, consistent and lucrative mobile app market for developers large and small
      Buttons, keys, joysticks, sliders…anything but the screen was the focus of phones
      Phones didn’t come with huge 3.5″ touch screens
      Pervasive multitouch, gesture-based UI was science fiction
      Actually usable, multi-language, multitouch virtual keyboards on phones didn’t exist
      Integrated sensors like accelerometers and proximity detectors had no place in phones
      Phones could never compete in 3D/gaming with dedicated portable consoles
      iPod-class audio/video players on mobiles didn’t exist
      No phone had ever offered a desktop-like web browser experience
      Sophisticated SDKs and phones were strangers to each other

      This list too could go on. But it’s sobering to remember that a single device by a company with zero experience in the industry and against all odds caused such a tidal wave of change.
      Change didn’t come because of Nokia, Microsoft, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, RIM or any other player in the market for the past 15 years bet their company on it.

      1. Indeed. Phones were “feature” phones… sure, you could put a custom ringtone on them that you could buy from your wireless carrier for a couple bucks… or some cheap java game that was basically useless… or the infamous blackberry, complete with keyboard and trackball and menus… what made it popular in business was the ability for email to be “pushed” to the user… but it was no internet king. Ever tried web browsing on one of those things. And, of course, Android, in its original vision, was designed to mimic the Blackberry. No touch. No gestures. Full keyboards… etc. Meanwhile, Apple’s skunkworks was secretly working on the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad OS, employing full gestures, which many had already been implemented on Macs via the only useful trackpad on any laptops… and once the iPhone was shown to the world by Steve, everything changed. Everything. Schmidt dropped off the Apple board, rushed back to his guys at Google’s Android team, and they quickly switched directions to imitate the iOS paradigms… and gave it away to Asian manufacturers, including Samsung. The rest is history.

  4. I am still amazed at the narcissism in the tech press. Like anyone could predict what’s really coming out of Apple. The only predictable thing is that it will disappoint and Tim will not be Steve again or it will be amazing and Steve will praised for his insight while Tim’s glow grows. There are NO tech writers that can invent much mor than an eye-catching phrase, not exactly rocket science. Samsung’s copy and run strategy may hold 100,000 patents but really, who ever will say that Samsung reinvented their life? Apple is Apple. They invented personal computing. They invented Windows. They invented ease of use (remember C: prompts?) Excel was written for Mac. Newton was so far advanced most people didn’t understand it. I think the next thing is iBank (one can only hope) and iConnect, a worldwide high-quality mobile network where only iPhones, iPads and Macs can play and interconnect with lesser devices. I’d pay more for greater reliability and coverage wherever I go, wouldn’t you?

  5. There was some really great summaries of Apple history in this thread of comments. A lot of it I knew, but some I didn’t.

    And some of the finest troll smashing I’ve ever witnessed.

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