I just completed The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs. The book is a nice, easy read with plenty of insight into the Steve Jobs approach to innovation.
Here are some key takeaways from the book that I have:
- Apple did not create any truly 'new' inventions. They took existing concepts to the limits. 1000 songs in your pocket. The thinnest laptop.
- One key principle is 'Simplicity'. Do only the minimal amount of features required to make the product useful.
- Have deep passion about what you do and why you do it. Make products you want to use.
- Learn outside your field. Apple learned design from many non-computer places. They hired designers and artists from different fields to be a part of it.
- Change the world.
There is a lot we can learn from Steve and Apple.