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Has the Innovation Curve Come and Gone for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)?


With the release of the iPhone 5, it's hard not to wonder if the awe is gone.

New 4-Inch Display: Nothing new here. In fact, I'm trying to think back to how "old" 4-inch plus display's are at this point. I know my Samsung Galaxy S (PINK:SSNLF) has a 4-inch (or greater) display in June of 2010 and this may have not been the first. I still own one of these and it's now rolling with Android Jelly Bean. And folks, that's two full years ago... so strike one against "new" here.

4G/LTE: Again, the Android foodchain has been pumping out true 4G (LTE) since early 2011 as both HTC (TPE:2498) and Samsung were producing 4G/LTE Android Phones. Again, I'll note the Galaxy S mentioned above had 4G and was out in June, and I remember that phone not being the first one with 4G.

A6 Processor: OK, it's new, but Quad core isn't. I don't even want to say a lot here as I've expressed how ultimately dangerous it is for Apple to cut out the semi makers on this key processor socket.

8 Megapixel 1080 HD camera: We have a developing theme.... Not new to Android as I've seen this in a variety of Android designs for some time. The Motorola Atrix 4G (NYSE:MMI) -- and Moto XOOM -- had this nearly 18 months ago. As for panorama? Sorry that's not new either. This was out in Android in 2010. By the way, I wonder if anyone is patenting these "firsts." I know that Motorola has that vaunted patent portfolio. My suspicion is we have not seen the last of the patent wars. And Moto's portfolio has yet to be brought to bare.

Siri: While Siri isn't a "new release" in this version I feel I should mention it as Android Voice actions have been around longer and frankly work a lot better than Siri.

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