Peter Thiel Will Likely Regret His Comments on Apple, Smartphones

Silicon Valley investor and Facebook Board Member, Peter Thiel, has a quote implying that Apple is "past its peak."

In an interview with Maureen Dowd of The New York Times, Mr. Thiel was asked to confirm or deny that "the age of Apple is over":

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.

Mr. Thiel will likely be haunted by his quote that the "smartphone… [is] not an area where there will be any more innovation."

This quote reminds me of the old fallacy that "everything that can be invented has been invented" that was misattributed to the 1899 Commissioner of US Patent Office. While the Commish never said this, to think that innovation is slowing or halting is short-sighted, to say the very least.

I’ve written about whether smartwatches are the next evolution (spoiler: no, not yet). And I’ve generally stood by the ideas behind the Wired article titled "Stop Trying to Kill Smartphones. You Can’t Kill Smartphones." Something will come along that will improve and streamline what we put in our pockets.

Perhaps he’s right–i.e., maybe "we know what a smartphone looks like and does"–because it’s easy to see most people losing interest in Apple and Samsung’s design patent battle over what most of the public might think is a generic brick design for smartphones.

Then again, there have been loud whispers of "at least one model of iPhone this year will have a redesigned all-glass body with a steel frame housing an edge-to-edge, curved OLED display." New features, such as wireless charging, all glass designs, edge-to-edge screens, and button-less Touch-ID, might be due for some Apple-style innovative looks and functions.