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Jobs biographer calls Google more innovative and says Tim Cook needs a team

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Jobs biographer calls Google more innovative and says Tim Cook needs a team
Here's a pro tip for all the readers out there: just because you write a lot about a certain topic doesn't necessarily make you biased for it, nor does it necessarily make you a fanboy. We've seen Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaking highly of Google and various Android manufacturers (multiple times), and now Steve Jobs' biographer Walter Isaacson is also coming out in favor of Google's current efforts.

Isaacson is apparently very impressed with Google's recent acquisition of Nest, and has high hopes for the company's future with the Internet of Things. Isaacson says that the "greatest innovation today is coming from Google" right now, and with the purchase of Nest it is showing "an amazingly strong, integrated strategy that Google has to connect all of our devices, all of our lives … the Internet of things is actually real, there are these devices we’re gonna want to have and Google’s going to get ahead of that game." 

Part of the problem, according to Isaacson is that Tim Cook hasn't found his market for disruption. Jobs was always looking to disrupt new segments with products like the iPod and iTunes, then the iPhone, and finally the iPad; but, Cook has yet to find his market, though he has been looking at wearables, TVs, and even cars. Another problem is that the Apple board of directors is still filled with Jobs' team, and doesn't have the personnel to back Cook on a moonshot project. 



source: CNBC via BGR

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posted on 16 Jan 2014, 20:25 4

1. apple4never (Posts: 966; Member since: 08 May 2013)


i think apple needs to take some risks and proper ones unlike the 5c i like apple products just not their phones i think they need to step up innovation, the touch id (altought not completely original) was a step in the right direction same with the 64bit soc and powervr graphics. they're gonna be getting better if they take risks like google

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 21:05

10. androtaku (Posts: 187; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


getting technology excecuted the right way is always apple originity

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 23:39

19. tedkord (Posts: 4991; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Often, but not always.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 08:50

23. androtaku (Posts: 187; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


good enough

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 20:32 6

2. lyndon420 (Posts: 1771; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


One of apple's biggest problems lays with them thinking that they should be the only ones in the mobile game. Competition is good and drives innovation. For example: they complained about others (Google) using pinch to zoom which requires 2 fingers. What did Google end up doing to get around this problem in their maps app? Now we only need to double tap and slide with 1 finger to zoom and spin. Now zooming on Google maps is a one handed operation - brilliant.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 20:35

3. androtaku (Posts: 187; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


this i agree,although i don't see a real need for innovate for sake of innovate,especially bloatware.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 20:45 1

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6603; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Finally someone says something good for once

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 20:46 4

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 12030; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Cook needs the jedii on his team. I'd create the iJed, 48 gigs of ram, 6.4 in. screen, 3056/2785p resolution, 26 ghz 100 core processor, 90 meg camera, 1,000,347 mili amp battery, running iodroip8bian and Sniggly can't have one.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 20:49 3

6. superduper (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


And it'll have one hour of battery life. Innovation to the max. :-P

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 20:51 3

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 12030; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


1 hr 3 minutes.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 22:29 1

17. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Lmao... Now that's what I call innovation!

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 23:40 1

20. tedkord (Posts: 4991; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It'll run on the force, and last forever.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 20:51 1

7. Jarnee (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Jan 2014)


Launched with android 5.5 reeses cup

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 21:02

9. androtaku (Posts: 187; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


geek's wet dreams,they'll look at cook and masturbate

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 21:30

11. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5587; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Meh, I'd rather see Yoda on his team.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 21:30 4

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7128; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I don't want one. It doesn't have Touchless Control or Active notifications. :P

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 21:34

13. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5587; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Why would anyone want the super duper iJed with a super duper horrible battery life? :P

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 21:46

14. Sniggly (Posts: 7128; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*shrugs* Don't look at me. I couldn't tell you.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 23:20

18. E.S.1 (Posts: 292; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


I'll pay NOT to have one.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 06:17

22. Ashoaib (Posts: 2321; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Wow... sounds convincing... I am waiting for the launch :p

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 22:14 3

15. androiphone20 (Posts: 1483; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Walter's right Google is doing pretty much anything from mobile software, hardware, autonomous vehicles, floating barges, chrome OS, chromebooks, chromecast, internet blimps and drones, mapping, robots and tons of services to say the least. So, it would be stupid not say Google is not being innovative

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 12:45

25. jroc74 (Posts: 5052; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


EXACTLY!!!

Ppl mention Apple and innovation alot....but they are basically a computer software company that dabbles in hardware.And its all tied into Apple's world.

Google's stuff is global.

I would argue Samsung and probably Sony are also more innovative than Apple.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 22:14

16. ChafedBanana (Posts: 359; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Wow. I had no idea only needed to double tap and slide with 1 finger to zoom. I always pinch zoomed. I guess this might be useful if I have only one hand.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:51

24. Stuntman (Posts: 735; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Sometimes it is only convenient for me to use one hand with my phone.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:57 1

21. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 245; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Apple doesn't lack innovation, what they lack is the ability to change and adapt for the long term. They'll release a product, it'll be popular, then the competition catches up and surpasses them because of Apple's stubborn refusal to change, instead selling their products on having a better "experience" and use buzzwords like "retina display" and things like that. Then Apple will come out with a new product that will change things and the cycle starts anew.

Apple believes that people should use their products as Apple dictates. While the competitors believe that the consumer should use the product in the way they want. Steve Jobs was really good at reinventing the wheel and building better mousetraps, look at the iPhone and iPad and iPod, we had touch screen phones, tablets and MP3 players before those, but they weren't popular or as functional.

Tim Cook knows how to run a company but he doesn't have that ability to reinvent something. Tim Cook would look at a window blinds as is and ask how they can sell a lot of them very quickly. Steve Jobs would look at window blinds and ask how they could wirelessly stream movies.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 12:47

26. jroc74 (Posts: 5052; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea...I can agree with this. Apple used to be the market leaders in features and whatnot....now they are playing catch up.

Its like the world was waiting for someone to take a risk for mobile phones (orig iPhone) After seeing it not flop and actually dominate for a few years....everybody else was like whew....ok we can take chances now too.

I give credit to Apple for the orig iPhone and the iPhone 4...but thats about it.

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