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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    Adam, 12 Jun 2007 @ 11:05am

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    Really? So you're saying that iPod was not innovative, or the iMac, or the Mini? And you're forgetting one big thing about Apple: ease of use and reliability. People love iTunes and iPod because it works and it's easy. I owned several MP3 players before iPod, and their software sucked - don't even mention the MusicMatch Crapbox or WMP bloatware. No other company has the talent to produce products that are appealing and easy to use as Apple's.

    Do you really think that only idiots buy Apple products? Most people are know who have iPods are intelligent, educated people. I can say the same about people who buy Microsoft or Creative products.

    Adam

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