Originally Posted by Rookie1337
Apple has actually only either been a few months ahead or actually "late" to the party (the iPod which I both like and dislike was late to the party). Apple has a PR empire that anyone should be jealous of. But the Prada among others beat the iphone to demo from what I recall. IIRC they weren't as "good" as the iPhone but they matched many of the aspects people mistakenly think Apple originated (while the parts they failed at that helped Apple succeed are the over looked and forgotten parts).
Does Apple have a touchscreen laptop? I must have missed that. The point is that Apple doesn't drive the PC market as that is largely dictated by Intel and Microsoft(though I might concede the iPad and Air looked to push Intel along in progressing it's projects). Apple makes great use of it's contained ecosystem to convince consumers what it's PR tells them (again the point here is less hardware and actually software being Apple's "edge"). Apple is a business that one could use as an example of everything you learn in business school (except maybe loss leader as they seem very against that idea). They aren't "innovators", they are grafters and rightly deserve some respect for that but people need to understand the difference. R&D at Apple is not making something new...it is taking things others made or demo'ed and simply progressing them(not always for the best as there have been plenty of horrible ideas from Apple). They're no IBM or other major tech R&D company. They are(were) a clever business company.
Apple doesn't make touchscreen laptops because 1.) Ergonomically, they make positively NO sense at all and 2.) They make iPads. Touchscreen laptops are the PC industry's way of saying, hey! We do something Apple doesn't. Even though the implementation of that idea is terrible.
If Apple didn't drive the market, Samsung, Sony, HP, and all the rest wouldn't release products that look identical to Apple's. So again, you can chalk it up to PR if you want. Apple must be super good at it because not only have they convinced the consumer, they've convinced their competitors as well.
Originally Posted by Domino
How do you drive the hardware when they weren't the first with any technology they came out with?
You always resort to the argument that Apple wasn't the first. Who said they were? Obviously they were not and I never claimed they were, and that is a moot point.
Apple was definitely the first to get it right. I'm sure you'll deny that one as well. From touchscreens in tablets/phones to trackpads, who does them better than Apple? When you release good products that become popular with features that were previously not available (or limited) but people want, that drives technology. Where were all the high DPI tablets and laptops before Apple's rMBP and iPad 3? Onesies and twosies? That didn't sell at all?? Apple has the means to drive technology because of it's brand and purchasing power. It forced others to release similarly spec'd devices to keep up.Edited by Gigatel - 8/31/13 at 9:19am