Mac designer says Apple is not an innovative company anymore

Mac designer says Apple is not an innovative company anymore
Apple has millions of loyal fans around the world, but more and more ex-Apple employees are being increasingly critical of the company and its direction in the newest post-Steve Jobs era. We've already seen former Apple director, and current Oracle CEO Larry Ellison intimate that he expects Apple to fail without Jobs, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has often said he prefers Android to iOS; and now, the man who helped Jobs design the original Mac is saying that Apple is not an innovative company anymore.

Hartmut Esslinger ran a design firm that helped design products for Sony, until he signed an exclusive deal with Apple in 1982. He then went on to work directly with Steve Jobs to create the "design language" that would define the Macintosh computer for about a decade. So, Esslinger has first hand knowledge when he likens the Apple of today to Sony in the 80s. By that, he means that Apple has replaced an innovative leader with one who is only worried about refining current products and increasing profit rather than trying something new. 

Given that the iPhone 5c is a blatant attempt to increase the profit margin of Apple's mid-range offering, its hard to argue that point. Although, on the other hand, true innovation is a very difficult thing to do, and mostly amounts to being able to sell a new product to the public, which was really Jobs' strength. 

source: Quartz



1. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

True Story! I love all things tech, but Apple is just disappointing now. Rehashing old product and pawning it off as a "new" device just to make a sale. Sure, every company is all about the money... but you have to admit, Apple is just so damn greedy.

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

"Cant innovate anymore my @$$" says phil sh!ttler.. lol

33. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

You are very correct... Apple is so so so greedy.

39. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

and they never were innovative.

53. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Very true. Creating the Graphic User Interface, a line of MP3 players that anyone can use, an online music store that has more music than could ever be listened to, smartphones that everyone can understand, and tablets which allow more productivity than phones while being more portable than laptops offering similar functionality were clearly done before to as great of an effect. Oh wait...

62. maysider

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

Nicely brainwashed They just increased size of buttons and removed features That's all Still just outdated icons No default mail or browser app A very dumb phone

67. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I never said that the 5s or 5c was innovative. They aren't. It is one thing to say that Apple is not currently innovative, and a whole other thing to say that they never have been like inspectorgadget did. They clearly have been in the past. Like it or not android would be a lot different today if the iphone never existed. BTW just because the default email client and browser can't be changed doesn't meant that they don't exist. Just because you, me, and millions of others prefer android doesn't mean that history has ben erased.

68. sennarose88

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2009

All of those to make tablets actually usable for everyone, not just for Windows geeks that should use a stylus to operate tablets in pre-iPad era. I think you're the one who brainwashed by Apple haters.

69. maysider

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

You're just nicely brainwashed if you think that phones or tablets are different just because of Apple It's just the competition responsible for the fast development in the mobile sector We don't need Apple and the other companies involved e.g. in the ebook price fixing robbery and patent trolling (again Apple)....they just harm the market

70. sennarose88

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2009

Every thing has it's good and bad. I post the good (on how Apple started the tablet craze), and you seems unpleased and then replied with something unrelated. Brainwashed, isn't it?

71. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Have you seen the android running prototypes from before the iphone was announced and compared it to the final product? If you have, you wouldn't make such an idiotic comment. Competition from other companies made phone what they are today, but it took more than 2 years for there to be an android phone that could compete with the iphone #ogdroid.

72. maysider

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

Nicely brainwashed and idiotic mind The answer: iPhone= stolen LG Prada design, WM6, Symbian without features Don't need Android as an argument, Apple is the biggest thief among IT sector

45. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Samsung releases S4 which looks 99% same as S3 with new internals. Not hates, apprised by all android she..eps, full of bloatware, 16gb version has only 9gb free. Still lags in some rare occasions. Apple releases new iphone 5S that looks 99% same as iPhone 5. New internals, great new features(fingerprint, better camera, bigger battery, new iOS, new cpu/gpu, new better LTE. Hated by android fans as being same s**t as iPhone 5.

47. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

The galaxy S4 is not an exact copy of the S3. There are differences like the larger 1080 display for one. Sure apple threw in a finger print scanner but for what!!!!!!!! if i was getting mugged then i'd prefer to lose only my phone rather than them taking my phone and chopping my fingers to take with it. in the words of Leonardo de caprio ----TIA-----This is africa. (Blood Diamonds)

56. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Yes because the first thing thief's do is to take your phone then unlock it then tell you ok now you can go. If you were ever unlucky to get your phone stolen it happens quickly and they dissapear. And having fingerpting makes it almost impossible for them to unlock. Unlike with code. So think before you write. They added finger print to unlock and pay online from app store easily and quickly, new improved camera, 720p 120fps video recording, new LTE that supports over 100 lte technologies around the world, so far the best LTE added on phone in terms of compatibility, new cpu, new gpu, big new update to OS, bigger battery. If this is not enough for you then you should stick with android and its laggy environment.

57. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

So now thiefs will knock you out and put your finger on the phone, or worse chop your hand off. People can unlock your phone when you vast asleep or passed out. And the police now can easily ask you to unlock your phone, since fingerprints don't fall under the 5th amendment. So think before you write.

61. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

you people are stupid for thinking crime will escalate to people getting knocked out or fingers cut off for an iPhone... thats idiot man... a thief's whole plan is "not to be seen or caught"... you guys are dumb as hell.

66. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

You're absolutely right. Fingerprints don't fall under the 5th amendment. What does the right to refuse to give incriminating testimony have to do with police searching your phone? I'd assume a fingerprint scanner would fall more closely under illegal searches and seizures amendment to the Constitution, which is the 4th. If you would have paid attention in the most rudimentary civics course, you would know that. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, a lot of states have declared it unconstitutional under said 4th amendment for officers to obtain access to personal electronics devices without a warrant. So think before you write.

59. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Obviously you're 100% wrong in saying 99% s4 look same with s3. Did u think 1st iPhone 5 design before posting that comment? IPhone 5 and iPhone 5s look 100% same, that's why they add "s" for same. Obviously also apple needs only your money without improving it's products for customers to be satisfied. They are sure ish33ps like you will still buy it because it's from apple. Samsung as well as other oems continue to innovative every year to satisfy their customers. Google and oems don't set any limits for their products, they think for customers satisfaction, apple thinks another way around, they only want profits. Don't say you like also android, in your comments, you bluntly insulting it while praising so much of apple. Accept it you're an itard also, just don't make any excuses.

49. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

S3 same as S4 ? ? ? i-Sheep!!!

52. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

EXTERIOR is 99% same S3/S4. Read what I written, I said internals are new. Same thing does Apple and it gets your hate. When Sammy does it its called innovation. Not my fault that you are all android sh-eps. I love iOS, i admire WP8, I like android. Unlike you I am open to all OS as long as it fits my lifestyle and needs. You will eat any cr-ap that Sammy throws at you. Not me.

50. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

bigger battery like 100mah more?.. lol

55. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Did they release the specs on battery? They didnt. They said it has larger battery and I trust them cause EACH year every new iPhone has few more hours of battery life.

63. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Yeah besides the fact that the S4 had a 13 MP camera instead of an 8. a 5" 1080p display instead of a 4.8" 720p one many more motion features including answering the phone without touching and video pause by looking away: not going to list them all. Ton's of new camera features and shoot modes, including a video mode that allows you to use both cameras video at the same time not going to list them all. The ability to use the phone as a remote for most major TV providers. A 2600mah battery instead of a 2100mah one 1.9 quad-core instead of a 1.4 The ability to support LTE advanced speeds But yeah, Samsung definitely did the same thing as apple... I can see where you got that... Apple: Same camera with a new name and a double flash 64 bit processor that does nothing because the phone does not have enough RAM to support it. 4GB RAM minimum to get any effect out of it A fingerprint scanner that has so many stipulations to work its not even funny... And honestly whats the point? I'm shocked they didn't move the headphone jack again, last years move about blew me away Same screen and same screen size... I wonder if the 5C or the 5S will have true 4G on all networks not just at&ts in America, because I still haven't seen anything definitive in regards to that yet... But I can totally see where you got confused on all of this. Easy mistake that anyone with phone knowledge would make. Do you drive a Prius with apple stickers on it too?

2. plary122

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Yeah, I love Apple, but this is true!

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This writing on the wall has been getting darker and bolder as each month goes by. Mojo left the building.

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

It never existed in the first place.

8. papss unregistered

I don't agree with that.. When the 3G/3GS Acame out it was pretty f'ing great Then 4 came and was also amazing...

17. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I would give them the most credit for the iPod. Not only was it the device that saved Apple, it took MP3 players to another level. There wasn't much in MP3 players at that time but Apple had something solid with it.

64. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

No, Microsoft saved Apple

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