There's been some discussion about Apple's innovation and/or Tim Cook being the right fit for Apple. I saw this article on TAUW and thought it was an interesting read. I'm not trying to cherry pick certain points to fit my supposition but I did want to highlight one area Its hard to innovate anything if you're not spending the money to finance such innovation. To be fair I'm not saying apple isn't spending any money on R&D The attached graph from the article shows clearly they've increased spending over the years as they've grown. My issue is however their competitors such as Samsung and Microsoft are number 1 and 2 in the spending the most money and Google is number 13.