The Economist On Apple Innovations: Not Inventive, Just Innovative

from the how-you-put-it-all-together dept

We've suggested in the past that Apple's iPhone perfect demonstrates the difference between invention and innovation (i.e., there's nothing really "new" in the iPhone, but what's impressive is how Apple packaged all of it in a way that consumers find appealing). The Economist has picked up on this, apparently, with a cover story on how Apple innovates, where it notes that Apple isn't particularly inventive, but knows how to package up a bunch of outside inventions and make them useful. This is important, since so many discussions around innovation tend to confuse innovation and invention, and it can greatly distort policy debates when you think that the two are the same (or even that one is a proxy for the other). With that in mind, it's nice to see the Economist highlight the difference at Apple.

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    Steve, 12 Jun 2007 @ 12:06pm

    To me ipod is the worst mp3 player I've ever used, other than maybe some of the 1st gen rio with single line displays. I have had countless friends call me for help when their kid takes their ipod over to a friends house to have it erased when they plug it into their computer, or the many problems that come up when a family with 3 or 4 ipods and 2 or 3 computers try to get them to all get along.

    If Apple was such a market leader, they would control more than 10% of some market that they don't loose money on.

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