Innovation in the era of the iPhone

Jess Kelly looks at how Apple’s 2007 invention changed how businesses function

Patrick Ryan of The Canvas Works in Kinsale, Co Cork Picture: John Allen

Mark Twain once said: “There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope.”

It’s an interesting, somewhat cynical, way of looking at things and it can be easily applied to the world of technology. In the era of big data and smart-technology, we must ask if there really is innovation or if we ...