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Apple again was named the most-innovative company. For the ninth year in a row, the iPhone maker topped a survey of senior executives polled Boston Consulting Group.

South Korea-based rival Samsung was No. 2 and Android’s Google was listed as No. 3. Microsoft and automaker Toyota rounded out the top five…

“But measuring innovation remains difficult, and BCG doesn’t ask survey respondents to explain exactly how they’re defining it,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

“The bar is continuing to rise for what it means to be a world-class innovator,” says Andrew Taylor, a BCG partner. The survey polled 1,500 senior executives for the most-innovative companies outside their industry.

Three-year stock performance, revenue and margin gains were also considered.

Other tech firms making the top 20 list of innovative companies include IBM (No. 6), Amazon (No. 7), Sony (No. 11), Facebook (No. 12) and HP at No. 16.

Of course, this isn’t the first time this year Apple has been crowned as innovative. Earlier, Apple was listed in 79th place by Forbes, a drop from previous years. However, Apple increased in standings among the Fortune 500.

By proxy, Apple’s latest iPhones and new operating system have shined prestige upon the company that until recently some felt had lost its mojo. First, Apple announced selling 9 million new iPhones during the first weekend the handsets were available.

Then iOS 7, controversial for its flat redesign, was named the most user-friendly mobile operating system, as well as lightening fast adoption rates.

Turns out, defining “most-innovative” may be easier than first thought.

  • on3simpleclick

    Innovative. Yeah. right..
    i’ll just see myself out..

  • mehrab

    Okay lets talk about why apple is on top. What does “innovative” mean? “(of a product, idea, etc.) featuring new methods; advanced and original.” Thats the meaning of innovative. Apple from day one was the most innovative they started the music industry, they started the modern day smartphone industry,they started the tablet market. (Not mentioning macs on purpose) after that people took their ideas and made android android and ios are alike in the way they work tap an icon to go in a app tap the home button to get out. Android is very open sourced which is very original (but nothing innovative sure it excites people cos they get to do whatever they want to their phones” and android features an array of features taking ideas from here and there “like some jailbreak tweaks,web os, symbian” etc.
    Samsung gave us air gestures which wasnt a sucess neither did it appeal to alot to many people cos it simply was very limited and didnt work well. Apple this time gave us some raw ideas such as the correct implementation of a fingerprint sensor and a 64 chip archetecture. I think this is why apple is on top.

    • diggitydang

      I’m a huge Apple fan and I love what they do, but Apple simply (or not so simply!) does what you accuse Android of (pulling ideas from what’s already out there, or what’s been previously created). Don’t get me wrong, I love it, and I praise them for doing it well… but when you say that they started the modern day smartphone, they really didn’t… they pulled together ideas from Blackberry and Palm, along with their iPod to create something really fantastic that RE-kickstarted the smartphone craze (remember that Crackberry’s were here before iFans)… what differentiates Apple though, is that they take quasi-successful ideas (or technology that you thought was dying – e.g. a fingerprint sensor), combine them with other ideas of the same nature and figure out a simple/natural way to do the same thing. They are more of a design company. I’m not taking anything away from them at all… I think that’s what they’re amazing at and it’s the reason I buy most of their products – I really appreciate what/how they do things, and I admire that they stick to who they are (people call that stubborn, but I think it’s just knowing what they’re good at and sticking to it). That said, I think that’s where Samsung and Android fall short – they take ideas but don’t seem to really perfect them – it seems like they care more about the ability to do SOMETHING, rather than how it feels to do it – e.g. Air Gesture is a FEATURE, but do people really use it? I’m not knocking Android/Samsung (my wife has a Note 2 and it suits her better than the iPhone did), but at the end of the day, no one phone suits all people.

      • Ron Rainz

        Best comment I’ve read on IDB in a long time, and I’m a long time Apple user, and Apple based forum Moderator and Editor.

        Kudos bud.

      • diggitydang

        Thanks Ron! That’s quite the compliment!

      • Ron Rainz

        Well deserved my friend. Well deserved. It is both rare and refreshing to come across a well articulated, and truly objective comment.

      • Dan

        Very well said. I agree 100%. I’ve often said that Apple is rarely the first at something, but they market it in a way that makes it mainstream (most recently fingerprint sensor, 64 bit processor).

      • diggitydang

        Agree – iHaters are quick to say that Samsung did the gold thing first, but that’s exactly my (our) point… they did it back in the day and how successful was it? To your point, Apple marketed the gold iPhone the right way and now people are waiting till October (or whenever) to get it. That said, I’m still not a fan of the gold iPhone… I’m waiting on my white/silver 5s! 🙂

      • mehrab

        Wow :/ thats very shitty of you to say! Can you use the features first? Why did fingerprint sensors die down? Cos they were not integrated very well into the os they were hard to set up their designs looked ugly most impotantly they worked sooooooo POORLY the 5s fixes all of them nails integration ease of setting up prints dies it in a cool way too and it works perfectly like super perfectly. It turned me around so much that i feel weird/lazy just to type in pass codes on my older ios/android devices

        64 bit cheap eh? It didnt have the whole app, os optimized for it neither did it have good support from third party app devs

        The 5s nails them both and does it with style (even tho benchmarks dont mean sh*t the 5 had a lower score then the s3 which is laughable little do people know it beats the S4 in some app launches and all games and web browser tests/benchmarks or gpu benchmarks compare games and you will notuce

      • Dan

        Did you just have a stroke? Half your comment I can’t even comprehend. As for what I can deduce through that diarrhea you call a sentence, here is my retort:

        -I never said the iPhone 5S performs poorly, actually, I’m sure it performs very well.
        -I actually said Apple is usually the first to get things right, that’s why it becomes popular, they excel at marketing and design
        -what do you mean I think 64 bit is cheap, I didn’t even mention it.

        Do everyone a favor, try to reread your comments and use punctuation, less caplock angst would be good too.

      • diggitydang

        LOLOLOL!!! Oh man… I think these two are severely misunderstanding you point!!

      • Cameli Paulos

        ohh really & whicjh fuckin app using CORE SHIT of S4?
        apple is giving half of the performance of S4’s 8 core in iPhone 5 (dual core processor)
        n F*king S4 with iPhone 5S ‘s Dual Core (this time 64Bit processor) processor-it has more power than 8 Cores

      • mehrab

        I said the iphone 5 is smoother faster to load games webpages and some apps then the octa core s4. And the 5s KILLLLLLSSS THE S4 AND HTC ONE

      • mehrab

        *notice, many details on the 5 and will also see how quickly it loads games up. That said the 5s is like A BEAST FROM APP LAUCHING TO GAMING TO EDTING 1080p video to multitasking vigorously the effciency of the ram is just incredible it kills my octa core gs4 and htc one the 5 already did so good with those 2 but the 5s is just leaps and bounds ahead pretty sure the note 3 will be fast but the 5s will be faster (just like it was last time on real world tests* last but not least the 5s lasted 11 hours 10 mins of usage even tho i didn’t have mine screen shot i”ll give you an example

      • Dan

        What are you even talking about, where did I make reference to any of this? If I want information on the iPhone, I’ll visit the Apple site. I am sure the information will be presented in an orderly manner.

      • mehrab

        your the ignorant type you literally sounded like this ‘every body does sensors and 64 bits and no one cares’ apple does it and its ‘POPULAR AND AMAZING AND ALL’ you said apple does it with ‘maketing’ never mentioned they did it better or perfected it at all that up there is what you literally meant and you know that too i just wanted to educate you cos you might not know this cos android users dont give a crap they be like ‘oh dual core and 1gb of ram and so pricey what a waste etc’

      • Dan

        there is what you literally meant and you know that too

        You are wrong my friend, if that was the case, I wouldn’t of said I agreed with diggitydang. I didn’t think it was required to repeat his whole post. He seems to have a good grasp of the english language (contrary to you) because he agreed with me.

        Also, if you look up my posts, I’ve never once said Apple didn’t perform well, my only complaint has been that the OS is closed.

        To sum up, you were the ignoramous who got worked up and presumed I was disrespecting Apple, that wasn’t the case.

        Also, don’t bother trying to educate me, thanks.

      • mehrab

        I’ve often said that Apple is rarely the first at something, but they market it in a way that makes it mainstream (most recently fingerprint sensor, 64 bit processor).sure you agreed but you saying that sounds like yeah apple throws out a feature that was here years agoo and its crap yet their mindless loyal fans buy it jusst for the sake of it.

      • Dan

        0.o

        you do realise that you argued with me for something that we actually agreed about (for once). I’m done, good day to you.

      • mehrab

        Okay, its not all marketing its about the implementation mostly which you didnt mention in your comment thats what i argued about. Good day

      • Cameli Paulos

        Apple invented 3-4 products but when they reinvent the previous technology take a e.g of smartphone, they just give the best out of it like they did with iPhone in 2007!
        every year they just making a Much powerful & superb iPhone than previous one but actually it beats every phone on the planet earth.
        they are mindblowing

      • mehrab

        Thats literally what they do. And they sell like really well.

      • macbrewer

        Because of your comments, clearly.

      • macbrewer

        It’s not marketing until you copy it badly and then pretend it’s somehow ‘more innovative’ because you copied it (I guess). Apple products don’t need much marketing. They rarely even point out (or need to point out) the features. But then, when Shamstung MARKETS the SAME features YEARS LATER most people don’t realize it was on the iPhone 4 years ago already.

      • Cameli Paulos

        True
        samsung have so many phones & so many people who can’t afford iPhone or don’t have guts to buy iPhone buy those samsung phones, so actual count of samsung is high compared to iPhone but apple give awesome features in iPhone & samsung copy it & give it every device & get their name everywhere!!!!

      • Qiren_94

        Well said. Apple doesn’t event things, but they reinvent things to make existing things work perfectly.

      • Cameli Paulos

        yupp

      • mehrab

        Its like sure i can make fried chicken with my granmas secret recipe but it wont be as good as kfc”s thats what apple did they put in the right recipes in there software hardware and overall their devices thats what got them the success . Muititouch gestures on the ipad pinch to zooming scrolling all these came originally from apple which is now used for every single phone tablet even some laptops (win8) so yeah. They carefully add features its a slower more though out process for them cos they want to perfect it. Other then that i agree with you very well said!

      • Cameli Paulos

        yupp apple actually reinventing older technologies
        e.g facetime was there as video call on nokia phones but least ppl were using that but when apple launched that as reinvention in iPhone 4, now its the most used by ppl

      • batongxue

        Here’s to the crazy ones.

      • Cameli Paulos

        nice comment diggy
        i too love apple coz they still think for consumers, they never add up things like samsung given 8 CORE CPU to S4 to just show off, just to added configuration to add some specification to phone.
        in actual condition samsung S4 beaten iPhone 5 in benchmark test, agree but check one thing that iPhone 5 has 1.3Ghz Dual core CPU with 1GB RAM & GOT 1677 as benchmark where
        S4 with 8 CORES & 2GB RAM GOT 3100 (anandtech already explain that samsung cheated in this also) but a two core cpu phone can give more than half of the benchmark where 8core only have 3100??????

        LOL

        now apple launched iPhone 5S & Latest bench mark test shown that iPhone 5S left S4 in smoke, it achieved Way better benchmark than S4.
        with what configuration?
        1.3Ghz (ok…64 Bit processor) Dual Core processor & 1GB RAM!!!

        they never added more & more CPU rather what they did is used some mind & kicked samsung’s A$$
        that’s why i Love Apple.
        🙂

      • Cameli Paulos

        Nice one buddy
        i love apple coz they perfected everything in their products

    • DomL

      Well said..

  • not a spark

    Don’t believe it, I can understand apple being more innovative than Samsung but no way Google. Google does amazing things such as Google glass, those Google balloons, ingress ect

    • Qasim Bashir

      where do u see google glass? i havent seen a single person i know use it, but apple products? almost everyone i know has something with a bitten apple on it, its everywhere

      • Evostance

        that’s because it’s not out yet..

      • omrishtam

        people still wont buy it….1000$ glasses that take photos and pictures and some web and voice stuff that makes you look like a hipster….dont think too mnay will buy it

      • Evostance

        Apparently over 4 million people bought the iPhone 4S in 3 days because of that voice assistant Siri which makes “you look like a hipster”

      • omrishtam

        these are glasses (sort of) and they are too ugly and wierd to wear them outside…
        only apple haters said that siri is for hipster and yet there is no problem with her…

      • Evostance

        Only Apple haters say Siri is hipster? Do you even know what hipster means, because Siri sure as hell hasn’t been that popular.

      • Qasim Bashir

        it was a phone, people look ok talking to their phone but talking to their glasses is just plain sad

      • JT_CHITOWN

        Agreed. Culturally, society is just not there yet and probably won’t be for a generation or more. Making the technology disappear would help. Dayglow colored temples on one side? No. Maybe Warby Parker will have better luck.

        Also, there is the whole obstacle of privacy. While people in the UK have warmed to CLTVs in the name of security, most other free nations have not. If and when things like Google Glass begin to get traction, I think there will be a public backlash. Already there are businesses that do not permit them to be worn inside, and they are not even on sale yet. People at my gym cannot even talk on their cell phones in the locker rooms.

      • Cameli Paulos

        Siri is hipster???

        & u r what?

        Hippopotamus?

      • DomL

        It is $1000 for explorer edition(which is still under beta testing). The consumer edition(which will be mass produced to the public) cost about half of that amount.

      • Rowan09

        Why are you even speaking about a product that’s not even available? If I can’t buy it how can I call it innovative when I don’t even know what it can do or even use it? Let it come out first and change glasses all together and that’s what makes something innovative. An innovation is suppose to be a game changer like the iPhone did for phones and the iPad did for tablets.

      • DomL

        Yes the product isn’t officially out yet. But they have already released it to a small batch of reviewers and media. And if you check out on those reviews, you get the idea of how it works. It’s not the final product yet but you got their main features.

      • Rowan09

        But will Glass revolutionize glasses, what problem will it solve? While I do agree its a nice idea, but I believe an innovation should revolutionize and move towards a standard. I’m not even sure if Google is the only one with a smart glasses.

      • isitjustme

        It may be amazing but I don’t see myself using simply because I don’t like to wear glasses.

        Do you know why contact lenses are invented?

        And one more thing how often do you see people using the bluetooth ear piece.

      • Cameli Paulos

        let it come!
        if its a nice product at good cost people will sure buy that
        but why to talk about the product which is not yet final & say wrong things about a product which is actually the BEST one available in the market?

      • Qasim Bashir

        still $500 camera glasses? seriously?

      • JT_CHITOWN

        Don’t forget your Rx. Figure an additional $100 to $200 to actually be able to use them to see if you have bad eyes and eschew contacts.

      • DomL

        It’s a new technology. What would you expect?

      • Qasim Bashir

        i can do that with my 99$ pen made by some chinese company

      • DomL

        For your info, you think Google glass is just capturing and recording only?

      • Qasim Bashir

        its losing the wow-factor every minute its not out

      • Qasim Bashir

        that makes it even more sad coz with every moment passing, glasses which take pics and video thing is getting less surprising or u can say less attractive.

      • Cameron Chao

        You cant win in innovation if your creation doesnt sell yet, simple as that.

      • Cameli Paulos

        even if it come, less people will buy that thing for $1500

      • not a spark

        Wow mass producing it in Chinese sweat shops is hardly innovating…

      • felixtaf

        Everybody is exploiting Chinese or Asians for mass production bcoz of cheap labour. Thats an irrelevant comment…

      • not a spark

        What I’m saying is he seems to think iphones are more innovative just because more people have them

      • felixtaf

        His point is not acceptable and yours too. And I have no points to tell either… lol

      • Qasim Bashir

        ok so enlighten me please, where are all the google glasses gonna be made

      • Dan

        What you’re describing it popularity, not innovation.

      • Rowan09

        A product has to be available to be innovative. Tell me last 2 devices in the last 6 years that’s a game changer?

      • Qasim Bashir

        ok so what good is something that is innovative as hell but isnt popular? G gass is now nothing special, there are more innovative things out there now, that voice controlled video and pic thing, i do that with my Ballpoint-Cam produced by some chinese company

      • JT_CHITOWN

        Proof of concept is great, but if it is not a game changer, how innovative is it really? Popularity usually goes hand-in-hand with disruptive products and services.

      • Hwang Lee

        Cuz Google Glass isn’t exactly a consumer product yet.

      • macbrewer

        Because it’s incredibly goofy and creepy with no real purpose outside of military or other special use cases (which it copied, largely)

      • Qasim Bashir

        Exactly

    • felixtaf

      The idea of Google glass is nice and am not here to sh*t on it. But Its a little awkward to look up and kinda hard to see the screen (Is not in straight line with eye, I meant above the eye). So you have to roll your eyes up to see the display. I saw it in reviews (And they are not pointing it out).

      Anybody have Google glass and Your take on this?

      • Hwang Lee

        I do see Google Glass as a product, maybe not now, but in the future. It’s a thing called acceptance lag where people aren’t exactly ready to shift towards different products. It’s like when computers first came out.

    • Rowan09

      Before the iPad Apple was working on a “Google Glass” but then the iPad became popular.

      • macbrewer

        Where did you get that idea? They had (basic) iPad prototypes before iPhone, have said so many times. They built iPhone first to establish a huge software market.

        Apple learned a few things about volume of software from the PeeCee which always had a WHOLE LOT of crappy software.

      • Rowan09

        It was actually an article posted on here before. Steve Jobs was looking into a smart glasses but the iPad became a hit and they gave their focus to it.

    • Cameron Chao

      how the hell do you call that innovation if its not proven to be a success? Until people start using google glass and what not, then Google can stake claim to innovation. Meanwhile, every innovation Apple releases, it sells by the millions on the first day. Will the google glass sell by the million? i doubt it, but they do sell their Android OS and their Nexus line pretty well, albeit very few innovation.

  • Qasim Bashir

    No surprize apple is the top innovator and samsung is number 2, samsung is bringing gold phone, 64 bit processor and touch id just like apple did, beating them.

  • felixtaf

    Whey they say most-innovative, I would like to see why they consider as most-innovative. That will clear doubts among people and stop unnecessary arguments.

  • batongxue

    Ranking Shsmesung NO.2 makes this ranking absolutely shity and unworthy of trusting.

    • Dan

      I thought the same thing about Apple being #1!

      Imo it should of been Google.

      • Jurassic

        You mean “should have”.

        Other than Google’s web search and maps, which came out years ago, what ubiquitous products is Google famous for “innovating”.

        Not Android (the multi-touch version), since that came out more than 3 years after iOS.

        Not Glass, since it is definitely not ubiquitous… it is a product in search of a market.

        On the other hand, in the past several years (in addition to its previous innovations), Apple has changed the world with: the iPhone, iOS, iPad, the first solid-state notebook computers, 64-bit mobile devices, etc.

      • not a spark

        Umm maybe Google balloons, ingress, Google fibre

      • Cameron Chao

        Umm maybe, they are unproven ideas which dont qualify as ‘innovation’ in according to Boston Consulting Group standards? Anyone can come up with ideas that seem innovative, but i believe proof of true innovation has to come from sales figures to gauge if the majority agrees with it.

      • batongxue

        Seriously, what did Shamesung really do, at all?

      • Dan

        never said anything about Samsung

  • Ketan

    After all Apple are the pioneer of smartphone. The whole world should thank Steve Jobs for bringing innovation, otherwise all phones company would still be selling us rubbish phones and charged ridiculous money which after couple of years would be worth ten pounds or less. I salute Steve jobs and apple for bringing innovation. I hope apple flourish more and bring some exciting products in future.

  • Ketan

    God bless Apple

  • Ketan

    Apple has been always innovative company where as samsung have always copy apple. Just after the launch of gold iPhones Samsung says they going to make gold samsung phones, apple has got 64bit processor in iphone 5s Samsung says there next phone will have same processor and I beat that they will have a touch ID in their next phone. What Samsung does is copy. In pure and simple language COPYCATS.

    • Hwang Lee

      Samsung said they’re not developing a fingerprint sensor.

      • macbrewer

        They can’t copy everything I guess.

        It’s like Apple had a nice house. Android comes to visit, and asks if they can use the blueprints to build one just like it. Apple says no, Android builds a copy of the home anyway. Then they change the color of the paint in the den, and claim that Apple’s original home is ‘dated’ and ‘stale’.

      • Michael J Borunda

        And Samsung makes the CPU’s and Displays for Apple. I knew Macbrewerincess would be here.

        Go use your anal iBrator in the bathtub, hopefully the police find your decomposing body a few weeks down the road.

      • Hwang Lee

        It’s sad that people think Samsung is all of Android.

        And what has Android really copied from Apple?

      • Cameron Chao

        Android.

      • macbrewer

        It’s a fact that Shamstung is selling the majority of Roids. They copied the entire concept of the iPhone with andRoid. And shamstung was by far the most blatant in disregarding Apples designs, actually selling androids that looked just like iPhone. Grow a brain.

      • Hwang Lee

        Check out the Samsung F700

      • felixtaf

        androidcommunity dot com/who-was-really-first-apple-vs-samsung-story-truly-debunked-20110420/

      • Hwang Lee

        Woops my bad.

  • Gregory D Foster

    Innovative for iOS 7? How’s that possible? I still can’t quick reply to a damn text message? Thank goodness google instituted video streaming while still browsing within the YouTube app…it’s the only real multitasking we have. I love iOS, hate android because it’s ugly but it’s pretty damn functional…when it’s not crashing. iOS is stable, secure, user-friendly and pretty. But innovative? Leading the pack in functionality? Nah.

  • Hwang Lee

    Who are they asking for this survey? In my honest opinion, Google should have taken number one. My speculation is that they asked ordinary consumers. The thing is that Apple’s new iOS 7 and Touch ID look completely new to average tech users, but most tech “geeks” know that this stuff has been around for somewhile now. Not here to bash Apple, but I think they should’ve asked people who really understand technology. But just my opinion.

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    Apple the most innovative company? Well Taylor Swift makes country music.

  • macbrewer

    In other news, Olympic gold medalists found to out-perform special olympians.

    • Chaka10

      … and certain competitors were found to be cheating …

  • Michael J Borunda

    Oh God, never seen so many faggio’s in one place. FLI CK apple.

  • Haupia Fernandes

    They haven’t sold the most phones though.