It’s time to kill the ‘Apple doesn’t innovate’ claim

“There’s an argument in the platform wars, and also on Wall Street, that goes something like this: ‘Apple doesn’t innovate anymore. It moves too slowly, and is being taken over by more nimble, more innovative rivals,'” Mike Elgan writes for Cult of Mac.

“Any success Apple has is the result of slick marketing, rather than the newest technology. But now, Apple is a laggard and is being overtaken by more nimble companies,” Elgan writes. “Apple has an ‘innovation problem,’ according to Forbes. ‘Samsung is innovating faster than Apple,’ according to Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster. ‘Why Doesn’t Apple Innovate?’ asks”

Elgan writes, “For Apple haters, this argument feels good to make. Unfortunately, it fails the test of fact and reason… Apple clearly innovates, and they do so very selectively and with enormous purpose and vision. They have a create-new-market-then-perfect-on-the-vision approach that, while it leaves them open to being called less than innovative, it also works better — far better — than any other model out there from a business perspective. Apple could easily throw arbitrary new ideas into its products, and develop complex product lines to narrowly target every niche. But why? So haters would call them innovative?”

Read more in the full article here.

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

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Piper Jaffray’s Munster: Samsung innovating faster than Apple – March 13, 2013
Apple vs. Samsung: Why the advantage goes to Apple the innovator – November 24, 2012
Tim Cook: Apple the only company innovating in personal computers, and have been for some time – February 24, 2012
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The 5 Apple technological innovations for which I’m most thankful and why – November 26, 2011
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Forbes’ World’s Most Innovative Companies: Apple #5 – August 5, 2011


  1. I’m calling bullshit on Samsung innovation.

    How is adapting Google’s theftware (Android) with another layer of stolen IP (Samsung’s crapware) layered over Fandroid innovation?

  2. Every post here is emotion-driven, not fact-driven.

    MDN, if you cared about facts, you would show a plot of patents by leading electronic gadget manufacturers in the last decade.

    Sure, you can argue that not all innovation is patented, but it’s a hell of a lot more objective than the emotionally biased dribble that passes for journalism these days.

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