You are begging the question. An appeal has been filed at this point. I find it disturbing that you wish to characterize Apple's appeal as "wasting DOJ time/resources". Checks and balances and higher courts exist in order to protect the rights of everyone.
I think those events were chosen because of the importance they have to the story of Steve's life and career, not so much the story of Apple or its products. Steve was already at the top of his game when the iPhone was announced.