Apple often gets slammed for not being true innovators. I say that Steve Jobs & Co. are innovative in that they were George Lucas-esqe mashup masters – long before mashups were really a “thing.” They take disparate elements and roll them into tidy, artful, usable, consumer-ready nuggets.
Apple may not have been the innovators behind MP3 music files or even the MP3 player, but the market would never have flourished as is has without the iPod.
Even the coolest stuff is still largely irrelevant if it never makes it off of the lab bench. The multitouch interface may have existed before the iPhone, but that innovation is only thriving because of Apple’s embrace.
Agreed, our world is a better place with Jobs!
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