Apple no longer the world’s most innovative company according to annual ranking, drops down to 17th place instead

Apple no longer the world’s most innovative company according to annual ranking, drops down to 17th place instead
The innovation within Apple's 2019 phones was only enough to keep it at number 17

Apple was once synonymous with innovation and breakthrough technology. The company made millions of people smartphone users with its original iPhone and the iPod became a staple device for a whole generation. Recently, however, Apple is focusing on improving its current products rather than changing industries with completely new ones.

That is now reflected in the Fast Company’s 2019 edition of its Most Innovative Companies list. The magazine orders the top 50 companies in the world according to how innovative they’ve been over the last year (of course, according to its own judgment). Apple was on the first spot in 2018 thanks to the wireless AirPods and the iPhone X (remember, the list is made early in the year). The 2017 Apple flagship phone brought not only completely new design with thin bezels (and the notch, yes), but also debuted Apple’s FaceID, which is still the most secure face scanning technology on a smartphone.

To no one’s surprise then, after the slight refresh that was the iPhone XS and not much else standing out from the lineup of Apple products, the company has now dropped to the 17th spot on the 2019 list. You still need at least some innovation to even make the top 50, so Fast Company attributed the position to Apple’s A12 bionic chip. You can’t really argue with that, the A12 is a beast of a chip and offers unprecedented performance. How much people cared about it is another matter. We think the ECG capabilities of the Apple Watch 4 grabbed people’s attention more than the A12, but hey, we’re not the ones making the list.

So, which companies pushed Apple down the list? At the top is one you may not have heard of, Meituan Dianping, followed by Grab. Both apps are used by hundreds of millions of users in Asia and provide multiple services, from ride hauling to financial transactions and movie tickets.

The third spot on the list is surprisingly taken by the NBA. It’s praised for successfully moving into the esports scene and improving its streaming services. The rest is a various mix of up-and-coming startups and massive corporations, all innovating in different ways.

Will Apple gain back its lost standings in 2019? We’ll get the first batch of what it has to offer on March 25.

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58 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1455; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

No phone OEM should be in the top 20. Not a single company has brought anything in the last 5 years worth the ridiculous price they are charging.

3. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You're delusional if you truly believe that. Smartphones have changed and evolved drastically the past 5 years.

16. paeschli

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Please explain to me how a smartphone from 2019 is functionally different from one from 2014. Still rocking my OP3 and it's superior to an iPhone XS in a lot of ways: headphone jack, notification LED, fingerprint reader, still getting updates too

19. yalokiy

Posts: 903; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Screen to body ratio.

30. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"Please explain to me how a smartphone from 2019 is functionally different from one from 2014" LMAO , Really If you dont know there is no hope for you. To sum it up in two words, Better everything

51. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2128; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Regardless if you have been content with your 3 year old Oppo, phones have certainly evolved. There is no way I can function on a Adreno 530 processor. It has to be slow as ish...Its the same speed as my iPad Mini 3's and they are slow as crap. Hey if you like it, I love it. That's all that matters, but I wouldn't be rocking a 3 year old phone at this point. I upgrade my phones just about each year.

55. yyzamin

Posts: 379; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Not to mention Lag transition effect unseen on iOS.

17. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Well, tell us how. We're waiting. Don't include gimmicks either.

34. cncrim

Posts: 1573; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Drastically? Cpu and gpu get faster but the phone itself has hasn't change much since 2014. Whatever 2019 can do 2014 pretty much can too.

53. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I doubt you and the two above are using 5+ years old smartphones.

44. htcisthebest

Posts: 434; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

It's really only Samsung smartphone that have changed and evolved drastically. Every other smartphone OEM was just playing catchup.

54. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

So does this mean that Samsung easy at number 1 in 2019, way more tech in there ph Es this year than the iPhone x

31. cncrim

Posts: 1573; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I agree with you on pricing but as far as innovation is has been stagnant without Apple but android has been exploding start with Samsung and Opp, one plus xaomi erc.

37. cncrim

Posts: 1573; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Without* with

2. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

While Apple is still far too high in comparison to many other mobile vendors, it's hard to take the list seriously when a restaurant making a protein bowl makes the top ten.

8. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Far too high for what. ? with the lead acid battery and crappy network modem and an always beta buggy os?

9. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I believe he meant far behind going by the rest of his comment.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Far too high on the list...

4. Mels13

Posts: 116; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

Only uneducated fools can say iphone is innovative.Its an example how some people can be easily manipulated by companies and propaganda.Iphone os and old phone with old specs that already have been in another phones long ago.

20. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

The iPhone doesn't need to be innovative. It is the innovation. The iPhone laid out all the basics of what all smartphones are today. Only uneducated fools believe otherwise.

24. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yes the iphone does need to be innovative and they are finding that out. Only fools would believe they don't need to be.

27. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

No one is innovative like Apple. Gimmicks aren't innovations. Like copying the Honda Civic, then putting a loud exhaust and putting shiny rims on it isn't innovation. Neither is duct taping two phones together and calling it a foldable.

33. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Wow!! Get out of Apples behind and wake up.

38. Vancetastic

Posts: 845; Member since: May 17, 2017

His profile photo is eerily accurate, isn’t it?

40. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Yeah, it's like saying "I believe in lies" before every sentence.

49. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

And yours is of a fire hydrant. You know what dogs do to fire hydrants. THAT'S accurate.

52. Vancetastic

Posts: 845; Member since: May 17, 2017

A hydrant has more going on upstairs than you or your avatar. THAT’S accurate.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOO exactly sis.

50. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

So the best you come up with is the equivalent of "you're a poopy head", and your girlfriend cheerleaders wave their pom poms. Simpletons.

56. yyzamin

Posts: 379; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Agreed. Going to cop a lot of criticism if you endorse Apple on this site. A lot of people who think their 2009 Android is more innovative because they can add Launchers and change home screen icons. Now that's "Innovation".

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