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The age of Apple is over, Thiel says

by Todd Haselton | January 12, 2017January 12, 2017 10:00 am PDT

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Is Apple past its prime? I’ve argued Apple’s lost, having its lunch eaten by Microsoft and more, but I’m not quite sure the “age of Apple” is over just yet. Speaking with The New York Times, recently, billionaire investor and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel argued the opposite, remarking that the age of Apple is indeed over.

In a simple “confirm or deny” format, The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd phrased it as such: “The Age of Apple is over.” Thiel replied: “Confirm. We know what a smartphone looks like and does. It’s not the fault of Tim Cook, but it’s not an area where there will be any more innovation.”

A different sort of mobile innovation

I think smartphones, even interest in new ones, is certainly a slowing category among tech trends. Things like autonomous vehicles and AI seem to be the new hotspots, and the latter will no doubt play a role in improving smartphones. I’m not sure I agree that innovation is dead, though, especially as we start to rely on our smartphones more and more for payments, entertainment, home automation and other uses.

On the other hand, one might also argue we won’t see the huge sorts of innovations we saw with things like the introduction of the multitouch display, which the iPhone employed to help flip the entire smartphone market on its head.

In any case, Thiel has a lot of opinions on a variety of topics and even reasons why he thinks Star Wars is better than Star Trek. I agree, but for different reasons. You can check out the full piece at the source below.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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