R-ten-K wrote:Hum, I believe in the past 10 years Apple did:
Standarize USB and bluetooth
one of the first implementors of PCI-X, hypertransport
Being "one of the first" or "the first to standardise on" isn't innovation. It's progressive, but not innovative. Bluetooth is a Nokia(?) innovation, USB and PCI-X are Intel's, and HyperTransport is AMD's.
moved from CRTs and standarised on LCDs
Apple were hardly the first to market either MP3/audio player software, or portable MP3 players. They managed to create a hype around theirs, though, but that's not innovation, that's marketing.
first widescreen laptop
Again, see above.
first laptop with a touchpad
The PowerBook 500 series, 1994. So that's a little longer back than the last 10 years. In any case, I don't think the trackpad was an Apple innovation.
one of the earlier DVD burning solutions
one of the earlier vendors to offer gigabyte ethernet
And pretty much a trend setter in industrial design regarding computing devices...[/quote]
More of the same.
that seems to be pretty innovative IMHO, of course not as innovative as OS/2, but nothing can compare to DOS+, errr OS/2 when it comes to innovation!
Try SGI, back in the olden days. Apple have done plenty of innovative things, mostly on human-computer interaction and (graphics) workflow integration. But on the hardware technology front, they're not really one of the innovators.