Heins also cited the fact that the iPhone doesn't allow you to run multiple apps at once, which the BlackBerry 10 does, as well as other smartphones running Google's ( GOOG) Android. The theory that the iPhone doesn't allow you to run multiple apps at the same time isn't exactly true. Users can listen to Pandora ( P) while reading Twitter, Facebook, or any number of apps. The ability to run multiple apps at the same time is limited, but it's not entirely 100% accurate. Apple reinvented the smartphone industry in 2007 by launching the iPhone, destroying BlackBerry's (then Research In Motion) market share, and forcing all of its competitors to play catch up. Apple is still the measuring stick, no matter what. Every article, every survey, every analyst note about a major company includes how that particular company is doing against Apple.
A recent IDC survey shows that Apple owned 21% of the smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2012. While Android owns 70.1%, that's due to the fact Android is available on hundreds of devices, and iOS, is only available on one. It's not an apples-to-apples comparison. If you want that, look at BlackBerry's market share. It fell to 3.2% in the fourth quarter, shipping 7.4 million units.
BlackBerry's Z10, a touch screen phone, looks almost identical to the iPhone 5. Again, this isn't innovation if you rip off the design features of your competitor and put your company's name on it.