Originally Posted by snova
I think Lorin was referring to standards. I am not sure we can always say Apple is behind in adapting new standards or getting rid of them as appropriate. Lets see.
- USB 1.0 for keyboard and mice. I think they lead here compared to rest of the industry.
- 802.11b wireless networking. I think they lead here compared to rest of the industry. 802.11ac came on both their Access Points, Time Capsule and MBA. Not sure we need it yet for iPhone However.
- PDF. I think they lead here compared to rest of the industry.
- 1394 Firewire
- Bluetooth keyboard and mice. I think they lead here compared to rest of the industry.
- Wired Ethernet
- DVD Burners
- H264 HW Video playback and encoding
Killing stuff off:
Retail software packages mostly full of empty space
Steve once mentioned in the D8 interview that Apple likes to cherry-pick which technologies and standards to adopt. I think a lot of this can be attributed back to Apple's product design philosophy and their business practices.
For instance, I can see the rationale behind PDF - you need a document standard that works regardless of platform because iWork's didn't work well with Office (and vice versa), in case Microsoft ever dropped support for Apple. Bluetooth meshes well with their desire to reduce the amount of cable clutter in their products; that's why the iMac has just one cable. Same with thunderbolt (and firewire adds to speed too). They may not be widely adopted standards, but I think they do help reinforce the perception that Apple is a serious platform for productivity (namely photography and video editing enthusiasts, who do benefit from higher transfer speeds).
Likewise, for flash and retail boxes, they were competition to their app store distribution model. Basically, Apple has this end user experience that they want to cascade down to the consumer, and they will adopt the technologies which allow this, as well as abandoning tech which doesn't. It's just business, nothing personal.