Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 17:53 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Jobs called Android a 'stolen product', but theft can be a tricky concept when talking about innovation. The iPhone didn't emerge fully formed from Jobs's head. Rather, it represented the culmination of incremental innovation over decades - much of which occurred outside of Cupertino." Nothing particularly new in there for regular OSNews readers, but still handy to have it in one place.
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by WorknMan on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 22:46 UTC
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As somebody on Ars pointed out:

Apple's strength isn't necessarily originality of thought but refinement to the point of "nailing it."

In other words, it usually works like this:

1. Some companies will come out with a thing that ranges from craptastic to mildly popular
2. Apple comes along and shows them how to do it properly - geeks laugh at it, but Apple sells millions
3. All the copycat devices come out about a year later
4. People will claim that Apple deserves none of the credit, because after all... they were doing tablets back on Star Trek, and there were a few shitty touch-based smartphones before the iPhone came along. I don't know who was doing GUIs before the Mac came along, but I'm sure somebody had released something.

Apple is the 'Street Fighter II' in a world full of 'Street Fighter I's.' Not to say that somebody won't come along and release something better than Street Fighter II (I have a Galaxy Nexus phone and think it is superior to the iPhone), but everybody knows who the real pioneers were.

Edited 2012-02-23 22:49 UTC

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