Apple’s winning iPhone formula: Perfecting technologies and features bungled by rivals

“In June, Apple Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook told Bloomberg: ‘We don’t feel an impatience to be first. It’s just not how we’re wired. Our thing is to be the best and to give the user something that really makes a difference in their lives,’ Mark Gurman writes for Bloomberg. “He was talking about the unveiling of the HomePod, Apple’s late entrance to the smart speaker market pioneered by Amazon. But Cook could just as well have been talking about the next iPhone.”

“The new iPhone won’t be a case-study of innovation, more a matter of perfecting features that are already out there in rival devices,” Gurman writes. “Time and again, Apple has followed this ‘best, not first’ philosophy, seizing on technologies and features bungled by rivals and implementing them well enough to spur widespread adoption. Proof of concept? More than 1.2 billion iPhones sold in the last decade.”

“The next iPhone will seamlessly mesh screen and charging technologies invented by others with such Apple innovations as a 3-D face scanner that unlocks the phone in a few hundred milliseconds,” Gurman writes. “the new iPhone’s crown jewel will be a 3-D facial scanning sensor that will unlock device and authenticate purchases—an industry first. If history is any guide, the new iPhone will be a huge hit.”

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MacDailyNews Take: What good is being first with a contactless payment system, an iris reader, or a display technology if nobody uses them, it doesn’t work well/isn’t secure, or can’t be produced in sufficient volume?

As with Multi-Touch Cut/Copy/Paste, for example, Apple studies the issue, perfects the process, and only ships it when “it just works,” much to users’ delight!


  1. duh?

    my first mp3 player sucked.

    my first through 10th windows computer sucked, then I got an iMac.

    my first through 5th cell phone sucked. One phone of note was the Razor Phone: Bellsouth’s “internet” called MEdia net SUCKED the big WAD. I canceled the data portion of my contract in three days and almost SHOVED the Razor down the Bellsouth agent’s throat. I would have FIRED EVERYONE at Bellsouth and Motorola that had ANYTHING to do with that. However, credit where credit is due: The Razor was EXCELLENT for talk, text, battery life, and “snake”. 🙂 Do I even have to say how my iPhone 3G was in comparison? (when I got it, you couldn’t even copy and paste). 🙂

  2. Razr was great as a phone. The hardware was great. The software was the biggest steaming pile of shht ever seen.

    Thankfully that didn’t affect making calls or texts too much, as you say, but the browser was beyond painful. It was complete shht

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