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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    snowingcookies, 12 Jun 2007 @ 1:19pm

    Re: On morons and overpayment

    Being able to put all your music onto one device and not having to keep plugging it in to your computer each time you would like to listen to a different genre is a good reason for having a large storage device. Granted, also having plenty of videos to choose from is also nice (people also upgrade their TiVo units from 80gb to 500gb for this similar reason).

    Secondly, it is also nice to not have to worry about "out-growing" your devices capacity. I buy top-of-the-line in features now, so I wont have to buy bottom-of-the-barrel again in 6 months later.

    The things I dont like about ipods are the inability to record audio through an audio-in port, or to record FM radio to it... and the size of the device (a bit larger than my front pocket). For gym, I use a Creative Zen PLUS - for travel, I use the iPod.

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