Originally Posted by dasanman69
So you're saying that since they can't invent anything as nice they shouldn't try?
How asinine is that? Apple hasn't invented anything new, they're just amazingly great at taking something that already exists to a higher level. Their business model of hardware and software integration is one that cannot and will not be copied by anyone else because it will result in failure and if you remember almost bankrupted Apple. Why does any one or thing need to be the best? These devices might not sell as well as a iPhone nor iPad but they don't have to to be a moneymaker for their perspective companies.
And of course by that argument no one ever invents anything, since things don't simply materialize from alternate dimensions.
Nevertheless, it's easy to see that Apple really did revolutionize several markets with the introduction of the iPhone and iPad. Unless you want to hang your hat on the threadbare "all that other stuff was about to happen anyway, Apple just happened to be slightly ahead of the curve" (which at this point at least requires you to imagine that Apple is incredibly, and repeatedly, lucky) you have to admit that the mobile computing world was transformed entirely after the introduction of the iPhone, and again after the introduction of the iPad (which, you might recall, was widely derided as being pointless and which is now the template for many, many devices).
Folks get irritable about this process because the same people repeatedly slam Apple for making toys and putting bling over functionality or just generally being irrelevant, then turn around and crow about the inevitable copies being awesome and kicking Apple's ass.
Without Apple, there wouldn't be any Android as we know it, and certainly not the slew of "awesome" tablets that are now coming to market. It would seem like a little credit where credit is do might be in order, but some folks find Apple so loathsome that they not only refuse to acknowledge the source of the new paradigms, but do completely lame things like posting pictures of an irrelevant touch screen feature phone that beat the iPhone to market by a few months, as that somehow obviated that incredible changes that Apple has engendered.