Originally Posted by wakefinance
You're getting there. Why did Apple make these changes? Were they made out of the goodness of management's hearts? Were they made on a dare? Apple made these changes because consumers demanded
Call it what you want, features are features, and the iPhone has fewer, so it's not fair to say that Android manufacturers are following Apple's lead.
Consumers didn't demand in-plane switching, Retina screens, glass backs, aluminum unibody chassis, thinner and lighter, glass-to-film touch layers, machined phone cases—all these things that "analysts" (and maybe you) fail to see are the driving challenges that cause Apple's engineers and designers to do what they do. The company is motivated by urges for technical excellence that people who sit at desks and think about competition for market share don't understand
. Or can't even see when they are pointed out to them.
This is why "analysts" get Apple so wrong so often, and why I personally think they are a doomed parasitic encrustation on the new kind of market system we find ourselves in. Apple is something they have never had to deal with before: a company that succeeds by a self-directed drive to "trip out" their customers with a good experience, to enrich people's lives with great products, in their words. Cynical old-market thinkers can't handle this level of sincerity. They think Apple plays by the old rules of competition and change for change's sake. Clearly Apple does not work this way.
Gruber links today to a discussion on this very point of Samsung's "innovation." Not to be missed.