If they had "no interest in monetising your data" then why does iAd exist at all? What was the always-on impossible to disable location logging about? Something doesn't add up here.
Apple and Google both recognised that people will demand privacy for things like health data. There is a difference of philosophy about how it should be managed - Apple takes the hand holding walled garden approach and just denies a lot of stuff, while Google gives you more options to decide for yourself.
You pays your money, you takes your choice. Google will let you buy ad free versions of most services, Apple makes you pay via hardware, or you pay via advertising and aggregation of your data.