Apple has a mixed history with innovation. The company often takes its time to bring existing hardware or software features found on Android phones over to the iPhone – the most recent example is a high-refresh-rate display (said to arrive with the next iPhone 13).
Yet, Apple is a pioneer in other areas, like security. This applies to both software and hardware. Apple recently introduced App Tracking Transparency, making apps ask for permission before starting to track you. It also took biometric recognition systems like Touch ID and Face ID mainstream with the iPhone 5S and iPhone X.