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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.

Micro SD: Oh wait, that's not yet available on the iPhone.

NFC: Well I've still yet to fully determine if the new iPhone will not be NFC capable. The more I look at that BRCM chip in the phone the more I think it might be the new combo chip and give the iPhone NFC potential. However, this is another area where Android has a huge lead.

Maps: Apple does have new mapping here and frankly I'll be shocked if it's a needle mover. In my view, it's just a matter of time before the "Google Maps App" is released for iOS6 and it will be one of, if not the most used App in the platform. Here again, does Google have any "patent priority" here? I know that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has recently purchased patents from AOL (NYSE:AOL) (for a cool billion) and some think this was to avoid patent issues with Google Maps in relation to Bing Mapping.

Cloudsync/iCloud tabs: Again, a new feature? Android browser (now Chrome) and Firefox have had tab sync for years. Pretty sure Opera has had this as well, but I'm not an Opera devotee.

I'm sure I could add a good number of additional features but the point is well made.

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