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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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Jan 2008 @ 10:38am

    Maybe Apple didn't invent the those things, but we have to remember what Michelangelo said, " Good artist borrow, great artist steal." I agree Apple hasn't been the first to creat something, but who cares? They take the ideas of others and maximize their potential. Apple has done what companies have done for centuries, steal ideas, make them ten times better and makets them better. I see no problem in that.

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