Originally Posted by CaptainChaos
I think people struggle with the term innovations and the idea of simply bringing something to market.
Agreed, I think this is exactly right. Some people would argue that cell phones were not innovative because someone else had already invented the phone.
Originally Posted by LastBucsfan
They did not redefine the smartphone either. Aesthetic design is nothing more than opinion, I personally think the phone is both ugly and uncomfortable to use. It is not anymore "crazy easy" to use than any other device on the market... in fact iOS 5 copied some ease of use features straight from Android.
The real reason Apple has been so successful with the iPhone is their fancy marketing scheme.
You...just do not get it...don't know why I'm trying again...but in no particular order:
The first real innovation in the iPhone was its interface. The touchscreen was an innovation on phones...and no, stylus based interfaces are NOT the same thing. But even if they were, the iPhone's touch interface was about 10,000 times better than any other "touch-ish" interface to date on any consumer device. Having used an iPaq for years, I cannot see how anyone who used "what we had before iPhone" and "what we had after iPhone" could possible dispute this.
The second innovation was in its use, nay its absolute reliance, on the internet. Yes, BlackBerry, WMP, even my old Razr could get on the internet. If a handful of text characters on a screen could be called "the internet", anyway. iPhone brought the "real" internet to mobile, not some pared down POS that was only "neat" to the nerdiest of geeks. Saying this was not an innovation in the mobile space defies logic...you may as well argue that Netscape was not innovative because, after all, we already had Gopher.
The third innovation, which came later (after Jobs realized he was wrong in his original vision!) was the Apps Store. That has completely redefined what a smartphone can and should do for its users. Suddenly mobile phones were like PCs in the 90s...anyone could write an application and immediately have a huge customer base. Were apps possible on BBs? Sure, but a scant few gave a crap. That's why I say that "running apps on a phone" was not the innovation, it was the App Store itself
that was the innovation.
And finally, the aesthetics itself and the ease of use were not the innovation. The innovation was in creating the first smartphone product that everyone and their mother (and their grandmother) wanted to have. The product that elevated smartphones off of the belt holsters of the corporate executive and IT guys, and into the hands of EVERYONE. They disrupted and redefined a well entrenched market, all but destroying competitors once thought to be invincible. If you do not see this, you are being willfully ignorant.
And if you're honestly going to start defending your weak position by noting that Apple has "borrowed" some of Android's best ideas, I would be remiss in not pointing out that the Android platform itself
is a thorough borrowing of the iPhone concept. You'll note that I'm not knocking Android for that. Take a lesson.