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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    wigby, 12 Jun 2007 @ 11:59am

    then who does invent?

    if apple doesn't invent, who does? after the pc was "invented", what can you say is really an invention? microprocessors, hard drives and displays already existed, they just got faster and better. does google invent? they didn't do the first search engine or any one of their software solutions. the only inventors i can think of are the guys inventing new ways to improve old technology.

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