Nokia has long been in an enviable position in the mobile phone arena due in no small part because they have released a constant stream of innovative phones. From the E-series to the N-series they have continued to push the envelope with features, form and function. I do believe that Apple has them a little
uncomfortable scared with the iPhone, and rightly so. Apple is synonymous with envelope pushing and the iPhone has quite a few handset makers running scared right now. One thing that Nokia has never produced is a phone with a touchscreen, and the company has long maintained the party line that they are not needed on mobile phones. Just a couple of weeks ago the GM of mobile devices stated that people do not want touchscreens, preferring keyboards and joysticks to operate their phones.
This week the CTO of Nokia had a different take on the lowly touchscreen, saying that "Optical sensors and touch will be the next big things, I believe there will be a lot of innovationaround these." Somebody at Nokia sees the iPhone in the rear-view mirror, and it’s getting closer.