People might not like Apple & what it stands for. But… We must agree that Apple can ridiculously & almost easily “popularise” unadopted technologies, standards & paradigms. Take for that matter: home automation, functional programming, finger print analysis, voice recognition, live preview IDEs, etc.
We’re not talking about Apple’s taking people’ work & rebranding it as theirs, or calling existing technologies “innovation”.
We’re talking about influence. What Apple adopts, becomes the next big thing. That is, my friends, a great power!