ABI Research, however, isn’t impressed. “Finger print [sic] ID was first introduced in handsets by Motorola a few years back on the ATRIX HD 4G,” it points out.
But here’s the real zinger:
The combination of solid engineering, creative features, and timely introduction of those features was Apple’s trademark but it has faded in this category over the last two years. Q3 2013 marks the start of another potential company that has put together that rare combination of traits that bring user friendly, innovative, practical products to market.
Now, if you’re a constant follower of online “debates,” about the future of Apple, the above might feel strangely familiar. We’ve heard it all before. In fact, if you believe some of the criticisms, Apple hasn’t innovated in years. (Hell, even the iPad was dismissed as just “a giant iPhone” when it was announced. Today, it’s a $10 billion business.)
Still, in spite of the company’s supposed lack of innovation, it’s Apple, not Google, that sold 9 million phones in one weekend. This, I think, can only mean one thing: In matters of market performance, innovation might just be a tad overrated.