In a wake of Apple suing everyone over shape of rectangles, many people claim, that Apple, never really invented anything on it's own. It's clear that a company marketed as "innovative", is one of the companies that spends least on R&D (only 2% of revenue, 18th place among R&D spenders in US).
Example of such a claim:
Some technologies which are misattributed to Apple:
- USB — in fact created by Compaq, Intel, Microsoft and NEC (see also Did Apple "jumpstart" the USB market?)
- Thunderbolt — 100% Intel technology;
- FireWire — known as IEEE 1394 to non-Apple users. This seems to be the closest one that Apple did to inventing anything. In fact Apple did lead the IEEE P1394 Working Group, but the group also consisted of engineers from Texas Instruments, Sony, Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM, and INMOS/SGS Thomson.
- GUI and mouse — Xerox PARC;
So is there any piece of technology, that Apple invented on it's own?