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

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. 

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25 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 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

10. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

getting technology excecuted the right way is always apple originity

19. tedkord

Posts: 17298; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Often, but not always.

23. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

good enough

3. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

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

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Finally someone says something good for once

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

6. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

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

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

1 hr 3 minutes.

17. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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

20. tedkord

Posts: 17298; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

7. Jarnee

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 11, 2014

Launched with android 5.5 reeses cup

9. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

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

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

18. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I'll pay NOT to have one.

22. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

15. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

16. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

24. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

21. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

26. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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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