Has Apple Taken Too Long To Release An Innovative Product?

Is Apple taking too long to innovate? If you asked Wall Street, that answer would be an obvious yes. There has been a lot of analysts that point to Apple’s fallingstock prices, supposed lack of innovation and Tim Cook as the “end of Apple.”

However, when you take time to consider the metrics behind Apple’s product releases, you will find otherwise. AppleGazette has taken the time to create a table that visualizes Apple’s major product releases, starting with Steve Jobs’ return to Apple in 1997. The major thing to pay attention to is the time gap between each one.

Looking at the table below, one can take away many things, such as the average time between each major product announcement, which is nine months. It is important to keep in mind, however, that there are many reasons why some gaps are longer than others. This includes different internal teams working on different product launches, component negotiations and availability, manufacturing time frames, etc. As such it is not entirely fair to compare one gap against another.

Has Apple Taken Too Long To Release An Innovative Product

Apple was not dormant during the times when no new products were released. The company was busy refining and refreshing existing product lines and working R&D on products and services that hadn’t yet been announced. Regardless, this data technically means it has been over three years (not counting the iPad Mini) since Apple has announced a new class of product. It isn’t as bad as it sounds though…

Although the average gap between a new product release has been nine months, the fruit company currently has four major pillars all of its products fall under. This includes the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. When you break it down into only the major pillars, the average gap between a large product announcement becomes just over three years and ten months.

Apple's 4 major pillars

With this data we can see that Apple is actually due for a major product announcement to make its 5th pillar sometime in October. This will very likely be one of two things: either an iWatch or an iTV.

So, the inevitable question still remains: has Apple waited too long for an innovative product announcement? Well, looking at AppleGazette’s data proves that Apple is actually still following its usual schedule when it comes to product announcements. The data is subjective because how does one truly define “major new class or product.” You could technically include OS X releases or even the iPad Mini.

As such, in the end, it comes down to personal opinion. What do you guys think? Has Apple waited too long before a major product announcement? Share your thoughts below.

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  • Damian W

    they are definitely overdue with iOS. It feels almost the same as the iOS from 5 years ago. Thank god for cydia.

    My biggest complain would be lack of true multitasking such as offered by WebOS on touchpads.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Antonio-Gzz/100001847768813 Antonio Gzz

    They really will need innovate and redesign not only his iOS.

    Upgrade his hardware devices is not innovate. I thought it’s just is a trick to make fanboys to buy the new one guy that’s coming out..

  • DanielPox

    I’d say it’s about time for a new project. Let them innovate in their own pace! Maybe, it’ll take another 6 months, but might bring a huge milestone, both in hardware and software. I just think it will probably be worth the wait.

    pox4a [at] poxmedia [dot] net

  • Ted4Bz

    Yeah, but why try? Samsung and its kind are just waiting to piggyback of everything apple does. So why, what innovate thing have Samsung ever come up with?

  • fteoOpty64

    Apple is way stubborn in innovating with diversity within a product category. Example is the length of time it took to come up with the iPad Mini which is actually the product that people wanted in the first place. It is a simple way of giving users choice in form-factor (and maybe better features) for a category. The solitary iPhone needs another 2 to 3 models of different sizes to cater for the different market needs. Even one with Sdcard slot would be a revolutionary change for Apple. Yeah, Jobs has his quirks but he is gone now and their product range needs to GROW UP and diversify. They are way big enough to cater for 4X the product variety they have.