Before commenting on Steve Jobs biographer point of view, here is a bit of background.
It took six years for Apple to come up with the iPhone after the iPod. It took “only” 3 years to see the iPad. But we know the latter is more or less a big iPhone from a technology point of view. It is running the same OS. The iPhone was a real departure from the iPod and a major new form factor compared to the Macintosh. The iPad was a work in progress before the iPhone.
Now, we’re in 2014. The technological landscape is much different than it was in 2001. It seems to me there is less and less low hanging fruits in the tree. Internet of things is the next big wave and it encompass wearables. An iWatch is obviously one of the possibility. An updated Apple TV also.
The Apple agenda is their ecosystem. Plain and simple. I see Apple working on things that will augment its ecosystem and eventually add value to its user base. That is it. Is the Touch ID innovative? Sure. It has a short term objective of securing the device but a long term objective of building the required pieces for easier electronic commerce.
Google’s agenda is all the data about you in order to sell it to advertisers. Plain and simple. They can be innovative in selling your data to any advertisers on the planets as they can be really innovative at getting all the data they can about you and your life. That is it.
See, two agendas. Two different ways. Both can be innovative in their own sphere.