Is Apple a trendsetter? Or, is Apple a trend follower? For a month after Apple launches a new iPhone, a Mac, or iPad upgrades, the armchair quarterbacks of technology gadgetry hit the streets banging their drums and pointing out what most of us have known for a few decades.
Apple is not the trendsetter.
Then, they follow that up with diatribes about how Apple is content to be a follower of trends, not a setter of trends. Here’s another one. Find out how wrong that thinking is.
Cherlynn Low, obviously not mature enough to know some of Apple’s history other than it was run by co-founder Steve Jobs back in the day, had this to say after iPhone 11 models were introduced.
These days, Apple is content to follow trends, not set them
But that’s old news. Apple has never been much about setting trends. Let’s look at history to see my point.
iPod? Many portable media players were around when the iPod was introduced in 2001. iTunes? Many music players, too. iTunes Music Store? Apple was not the first to introduce online music sales. iPhone? Sorry, Cherlynn, there were many so-called smartphones before the iPhone.
You might want to note what all smartphones look like these days, though.
How about tablets? Tablets existed a decade before the iPad hit the market. Ditto for smartwatches. Samsung had one before Watch.
The point is clear. Apple seldom is the so-called trendsetter for products. What Apple does is correct the trendsetters so they go in the right direction.
Three cameras on a smartphone?
Computational photography was cool when Google did it
Back up in history a bit because computational photography is nothing new and did not and does not belong to Google.
For what it’s worth, I liked the Pixel 3’s version of Night Mode. Apple’s camera simply displayed a night shot the way it looked. Dark. Thank Apple for bringing Night Mode to the masses. Very few enjoyed Google’s Pixel because, well, sales.
What about Apple’s new iPhone event?
It felt as if everything Apple was doing was a riff on something another company had tried and tested before.
Apple might be taking what others did and (possibly) making it better (maybe).
If my memory serves me correctly, and Ms. Low’s memory might be faulty, partly by attending middle school when the iPhone launched, that little negatory diatribe just described Apple’s modus operandi.
The company is also letting others take risks and innovate in its place, particularly when it comes to photography — an area where it used to shine.
Sigh. This gets old.
Apple sets the trend where it deems fit and corrects the trends set by others. Remember Google’s flagship Android project? It looked pretty much like every dumb smartphone project of the era. What do smartphones look like today?
Let’s take a few other non-products. Features with functions. Touch ID and Face ID. Both fingerprint scanners and facial recognition were available on devices long before Apple brought them to market.
Which ones on the market actually function appropriately today?
See how that works?
Oh, about smartphone photography… which smartphones had better cameras and photos than early iPhones? It’s a trick question.
All. Of. Them.
Look, I get it. It’s easy to drag Apple through the mud whenever a new product hits the streets. Let’s call it negativity bias and it runs like a plague through today’s tecnology magazines, but the reality should be obvious, too.
Apple does not and has not set the trends among modern gadgets. Apple merely fixes the trends so that competitors know which way to go.