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iPhone 5s: Is Apple innovating or playing catch-up?

Florence Ion, Armando Rodriguez | Sept. 12, 2013
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Apple must really love its competition. Although Cook and crew are quick to throw a lawsuit at any company they consider a copy-cat, they aren't afraid to borrow good ideas from competitors and wrap them in glittery buzzwords.

Android handsets have been bursting their bubbles with burst mode for a while now. Sony, LG, Samsung, and HTC have all packed their latest flagship Android phones with a burst mode--and like Apple, each company has exalted the feature as if it were fresh and innovative. HTC, in fact, accused Samsung of stealing burst mode, allowing its rival to "suck in our innovation and own it in the consumer's mind."

Touch ID

In this case, Apple is playing catch-up on a technology that never took off. The Motorola Atrix was the first phone to feature a fingerprint scanner, but it wasn't all that good. The scanner frequently failed to recognize the owner's finger, and would sometimes lock up the entire phone due to software bugs. Motorola eventually ironed out the kinks a few months after the Atrix's release, but Apple had better cross its fingers and hope that its Touch ID scanner works perfectly on its latest flagship phone.

Gold

Gold-plated iPhones aren't a new development. iPhone users have been able to purchase myriad gold-plated cases and skins for their iPhone from a number of companies, including Incase and Kate Spade, going all the way back to the first iPhone. One case maker even devised this ridiculously hardcore gold-plated Knucklecase.

But before you decide on the gold iPhone 5S, ask yourself: Do you love gold?

 

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