Sources: Reuters , 
quote: While Apple is called a "global innovator" by many analysts, it's among one of the most stingy of the large technology firms when it comes research and development. In 2010 it reinvested a mere 2 percent of revenue -- or about $2.4B USD -- in R&D, according to company financial documents.
quote: It's simply their business practices which we frown upon.
quote: I would call it being smart about looking at previous ideas, finding the best that works for what you want to do and then adopting them as your own.R&D is much cheaper when you only have to link together existing technologies and put them in the package you want.
quote: Do you honestly think that Apple became the biggest technology company on the planet by doing essentially nothing new, nothing innovative, nothing different?
quote: perhaps 'brilliantly effective and efficient' might be more accurate.