Apple ranked world's most innovative company

Apple ranked world's most innovative company
After last year it won the title of the world’s most innovative company, this year Apple not only won, but actually widened its lead, according to Booz’s research for Global Innovation 1000 companies.

With $2.4 billion spent for research and development, Apple is far from being the company that spends most. Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia and Google all outspent the company from Cupertino. Yet, 70% of the respondents for the study preferred to name Apple as the one where innovation happens. In comparison, Google that ranked second for innovation got only 43% of the votes.

Looking from a purely financial perspective, tech continues to lead among other industries in terms of R&D investments. Samsung spend a whopping $9 billion in R&D with its wide profile, and Microsoft was a close runner up.

One important thing to note is that this is a rating for 2011, not 2012. Check out below all the interesting statistics showing who spends how much in innovation.

source: Booz



1. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

iPhone 5 innovating product? joke of the day :')

24. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I needed a good laugh today and this is the funniest thing I've ever heard in a while.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The truth isn't funny. Apple is the most innovative company around. Why else does every other company try to copy them?

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The haters just don't get it

69. Aeires unregistered

Having a consumer base that will stand in line and buy any product that's made, regardless of the price markup and insignificance of the upgrade, what company wouldn't want that?


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Innovation and apple is a oxymoron... and only a moron thinks apple stands for innovation! lol! with like 5 products and 4 of them just varying sizes of the same product, apple is a 1 trick pony and that pony is tired, broke down and just plain old

84. flamencoguy

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

You don't get it. Based on what? Patents like rounded rectangles?

91. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ahh man, seems the Apple fanboys just dont get it. Not calling you one, just saying.... 2007, 2008, maybe. 2011, 2012? No. Just being honest and rationale about it. What has Apple done in 2011 or 2012 that was soo much more innovative than any other the world? This article isnt talking about all time....its about a specific year...I mentioned 2012 I woulda named Google before Apple.

98. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You know what...I forgot about the iPhone 4. So 2007-2008 and 2010. I cant really say anything they did on the desktop side was innovative. The iPad? Ok will give them that too. The iPhone 4 and iPad....was 2010. I'm pretty sure other companies out innovated them in 2011, 2012. Basically what this article is saying is that the ppl polled dont think anyone else was as innovative or more innovative than Apple in 2011, 2012. That is flat out false...

135. areeeeez

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

iFans just don't get it

51. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

explain to me how the iphoney 5 is an innovating product compared to the iphone 4S :) PLZ DO

53. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I really hope that you're actually a person with an awesome sense of humor and all you do around here is to pocking some fun, just for the sake of a few laughs... The greatest innovation of the new iphone was an extra row of icons! Really? You may find that it is not useful but the note II s pen functionality, or the pureview cameras, seems to me much more groundbreaking and interesting for the future of tech development than a brand new and fresh extra row for your fancy icons... You may not like it but this isn't even a matter of opinion, it's a fact!

147. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Hey we can't forget about their ground breaking maps as well. Lol Anyhow that would be 2012 not 2011.

58. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Pretty soon they're going to say they invented pulling out and patent that too.. sadly the line between parody and truth is becoming a little skewed when it comes to Apple.

59. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I don't really know of any company (outside of GooPhone) trying to copy them. Samsung is going its own way, and quite successfully I might add, Microsoft is doing pretty compelling stuff, and Nokia's offering the most innovative production phone in the last 5 years with the Lumia 920, as well as the very innovative 808 PureView. Heck, even LG, ZTE, and Huawei are doing things apple isn't.l

72. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

iPhone 3 vs iPhone 3S - LOL iPhone 3S vs iPhone 4 - LMAS iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S - ROFL iPhone 4S vs iPhone 5 - Oh look! The screen is bigger

88. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Once again, when Google and Apple both release their version of Google's Project Glass, who are you going to say is copying who? When Apple releases a native application like Photo Sphere, are you going to call Apple out on copying Google? Is adding panorama mode to your phone years after the competition innovating? What about adding a drop-down notification bar after the competition? Is that innovating?

124. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

We all shall laugh at this for Billions of generations

127. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I would like to know what weed are this lot of addict smoking?

128. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

last time i heard Apple copied samsung when they increased the size of iphone and reduce the size of ipad :D

46. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

LMFAO!!! What a joke!!! WHo did they poll, iPhone owners???

57. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

apple didn't spend anything in innovation close enough to MS , SAM , NOK .....yet they are no.1 innovaters !!!! what were ppl drunk when they did the poll ??.....& this is 2011 ..makes me laugh ...we will see in 2012...

74. saadasadkhatri

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Most probably they are voting using an iApp

81. cdnfreak

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

The trouble is that most of the people in management and executive positions chose to use the iPhone because that has been the growing trend for the past 6 years since the iPod grew into the iPhone. I suspect that trend to continue for the next 2 years till people realize that there are better options available. Just like Microsoft has dominated in the PC sector for over a decade and now with tablets and mobile work spaces their dominance is starting to fade so will Apple and their monopoly over the mobile market space.

117. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I mean I really dont get who releases this kind of garbage to the press...REALLY? Apple...Most Innovative! I use Sammy by the way but how can a mobile company be termed most innovative? What about advancements in genetic engineering, bionic augmentations, etc which revolutionize the lives of the less fortunate and handicapped in such a way that they become more capable than us naturally fit humans???!!!!! I mean the above is just an example and there are a lot of things on earth which is innovative (mobile tech included) but I just dont see how a phone / mobile device can be termed most innovative...PERIOD! Maybe in the future when you can project 3d real-time holograms from your phone it can be justified but at this time a device that I use in my life for downloading apps and angry birds isnt definitely the most innovative and neither is the company making them!

121. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Exactly why I am not even thinking twice about this article. Look at companys like Honda who have robots who can run, jump, dance, carry a conversation, do tasks by command play catch. (and these are just very simple tasks for people but for a robot to be turned on and have no further human control is amazing) And that is just one small field, add in the hydro technology they are putting into cars etc. Then their is the medical field and once you put all of these things into perspective. Then you can see how useless this "Poll" really is.

36. Cerberusa2a

Posts: 33; Member since: May 24, 2012

wouldn't this just be a popularity contest then...seems like a wonky way to conduct a survey. Actual innovation comes from other companies, where as apple uses their "developement" money to acquire those companies and says they came up with it...dumb

37. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

We patent, we sue We laugh at you (Samsung, Nokia...) We tear, you stare Cause we are but true That's not right but we know There are endless sh€€ps that follow. That's innovation from us to you.

50. FAW-Q

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Oh no Victor H. You just pissed off all the nerds.

105. metalpoet unregistered

The company is not becoming more innovative and is certainly not the most innovative, unfortunatley some people are just becoming dumber due to drugs, inbreeding, and poor public education. I love my Note 2 and pity the poor saps that back up Apple so passionately.

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