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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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    yoshi, 12 Jun 2007 @ 11:16am

    I am going to bring up a non-apple example - the Motorola razr. When the thing was introduced (2004?) - it was one of the coolest phones out there. And what did Motorola do with it? Absolutely nothing (hey wait now in Pink!) and as Motorola released new versions - the user experience got worse (I've owned 3 of the darn things).

    The difference between Motorola and Apple is that Apple focuses on continually improving their products. The first iPod - while interesting - was not all that impressive. Apple took what it learned and improved it. More storage. Interface enhancements. Incorporated new technology. Identified new markets. Thats innovation.

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