Apple Named World's Most Innovative Company Due to Focus on Hardware and Software Integration

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Fast Company today published its annual rankings of the 50 most innovative companies in the world, and this year, Apple is the number one company on the list for "delivering the future today."

    Apple was picked for its impressive list of accomplishments in 2017, which included the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3, ARKit, and its unique focus on hardware and software integration that sets it apart from its competitors. Apple designs its own chips that are optimized for its operating systems, resulting in performance that blows the competition away.

    Apple also topped the list for its focus on privacy-based artificial intelligence advancements, its growing entertainment business, and its work to improve medical care with CareKit and ResearchKit. Its accomplishments boosted it up three spots from last year, when it was ranked the number four most valuable company in the 2017 list.

    To create these rankings, Fast Company says that more than three dozen editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of companies to identify the most notable innovations of the year and trace their impact on businesses, industries, and the larger culture.

    Other companies that made the top 10 list include Netflix, Square, Tencent, Amazon, Patagonia, CVS Health, The Washington Post, Spotify, and the NBA.

    In addition to a master list, Fast Company publishes a breakdown of most innovative companies by sector. Apple also topped the list in the "Consumer Electronics" category, beating out companies like Amazon, Nintendo, and Sony.

    Article Link: Apple Named World's Most Innovative Company Due to Focus on Hardware and Software Integration
  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
    to the bottom left is an updated mac mini ready to be manufactured but tim is looking the other way.
  3. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Hardware and Software integration does not mean much when you have to update your device almost every single week :(

    I'm still hopeful for iOS 12.
  4. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
  5. idunn macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
    Obviously not based on the current state of the MacBook Pro, either hardware or software.

    Otherwise, congratulations.
  6. benroberts3 macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2012
    Kansas City
    There is no denying that Apple deserves this recognition. While iOS 11 and High Sierra have been riddled with bugs and promised features have been delayed for months no one does hardware and software integration better.

    Android has become the Microsoft of mobile. Fragmented & virus prone.
  7. ghost187 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2010
    The comments will be epic! Hold on let me make make some popcorn
  8. btrach144 macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2015
    Reporter: "Congrats on the award Tim. What's going to be your next move?"

    Tim: "We're going to remove AirPlay 2 from iOS because we haven't figured it out yet."

    Fast Company: "We're going to need our award back Tim."
  9. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
    I’m sure someone will call me a hater, but...

    Amazon - because we all want our fresh food decisions made by warehousers with a dumpster fire of an e-commerce site

    CVS Health - because the worst retail experience in America should be providing our healthcare

    The Washington Post - because quality journalism is too expensive when top 7 lists and zero writing skills come cheap!

    I’ll vote for Apple when I see more than $1,200 devices for animating poop emojis.
  10. SoApple macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    Yes yes, ios and mac bugs exist. It’s software. Bugs happen.

    You live and you learn.
  11. zahuh macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2004
    I miss the SJ days when the gap between Apple (#1) and anyone else (#2) was much wider. But still grateful and excited every time there’s an Apple announcement!
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    Tapiture macrumors 65816


    Oct 1, 2016
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  14. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Touch bar was truly the greatest innovation in history
  15. javco macrumors member

    May 10, 2011
    Maybe you should quit de Beta program.
  16. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    I'd rather they pull it for now and only push it when it works than throw it out and have it work poorly.
  17. Black Tiger macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    I hardly see how the Android abandonment of older hardware is preferable.
  18. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    They don't even update the beta every week .
  19. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
  20. Black Tiger macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    Is that right? Interesting how the competitors are copying Apple’s key decisions on that product line, such as moving to All USB C.
  21. ErikGrim macrumors 68040


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
  22. Music Ambulance macrumors regular

    Music Ambulance

    Oct 31, 2008
    D0583A0A-226A-47C2-9723-7ED005A35A14.jpeg There you go, now he’s really looking to the pinnacle. Martin Luther Cook
  23. cmwade77 macrumors 65816

    Nov 18, 2008
    #23 much did Apple pay them for this honor?
    iPhone X = Note 8
    HomePod = Amazon Echo (And amazon integrates software just as well as they do)
    Apple Watch 3 = Samsung Gear Watch

    The list goes on and on, really they haven't been innovative in a very long time, even the original iPhone was simple an improvement on the smart phones that existed at the time.

    Let's look at what Amazon has managed to do by comparison:
    eReaders - Hands down they win on this one, they are easier to read on than tablets, yes they do only one thing, but they do it incredibly well.

    Fire Tablets - Honestly their performance compares to the iPad and is substantially cheaper. Although this isn't truly innovative, what is innovative is the Mayday button that can summon live help within about 30 seconds and the help can fix about 98% of all issues on the first call.

    Amazon Echo - This invented the category of smart speakers, so can't really call Apple innovative on this one.

    Then Google has come up with wireless earbuds that will translate in real time and look nicer than Apple's airpods.
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    What have they done in the past 5 years that has actually been innovative? Even Facial ID is copied from preexisting technology.
  24. Cosmosent macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2016
    La Jolla, CA
    I call ******** on that !

    Clearly whoever authored that article has NO clue about the details !
  25. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012

    Innovate vs invent.

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