Steve Jobs’s Biographer: Apple Is Now Less Innovative Than Google

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Is Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) more innovative than Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)? Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson seems to thinks so. In a recent appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Isaacson proclaimed that, “The greatest innovation in the world today, right now, is coming from Google.” Isaacson is probably best-known for writing Steve Jobs, a best-selling biography of Apple’s legendary co-founder and CEO.

Although Isaacson noted that Apple’s partnership with China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) was a “big deal,” he believes that Google’s recent acquisition of Nest — a company that makes connected thermostats and smoke detectors that can be managed wirelessly via a smartphone app — will ultimately be a “bigger deal.” “This shows an amazingly strong integrated strategy that Google has to connect all of our devices, all of our lives — from our car, to our navigation system, to how our garage doors are going to open,” Isaacson told CNBC. “The ‘Internet of Things’ is actually real.”

Isaacson also noted that Nest co-founder and former Apple executive Tony Fadell will be joining Google as part of the acquisition deal. “Fadell was one of the team that created the iPod. He was very deep into the Apple culture. That’s when Apple was so innovative,” said Isaacson. Like many other Apple critics, Isaacson seems to subscribe to the view that Apple lost its innovative touch after the departure of Jobs.

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