Official iSteve biography gets 2012 release
How do you like them apples?
A biography about Apple boss Steve Jobs will be published in 2012 and it has the all-important official seal of approval from the man himself.
Simon & Schuster, the publisher behind Walter Isaacson's iSteve: The Book of Jobs, confirmed that the author had been working on the biog since 2009.
In that time, Isaacson has interviewed Apple's CEO, his colleagues, his rivals and even some of Jobs's own family members, reports the Associated Press.
This is the first book about Jobs' life to have been authorised by the 56-year-old Apple co-founder, who received a life-saving liver transplant in early 2009.
In February last year, the New York Times reported that Jobs had agreed to an official biog that was being penned by the author, who had previously chronicled the lives of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin. But the book's publisher has only now confirmed the deal.
Isaacson is a former editor of Time and ex-chairman and CEO of CNN.
"This is the perfect match of subject and author, and it is certain to be a landmark book about one of the world's greatest innovators," said Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp.
"Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson is telling a unique story of revolutionary genius."
In January this year, Jobs told staff at Apple that he was taking a "medical leave of absence". He did not reveal specifics about why he had been given time off from the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker, nor did he reveal when he was likely to return to Cupertino. ®
"there was me thinking he designed some computers and gadgets"
Actually I suspect Mr Jobs has 'designed' f*ck all. That's never been his position within Apple. However, given his involvement over thirty years with a reasonably prominent technology company and having at least some influence on the arrival of "some computers and gadgets" like the Apple II, Apple Mac, iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad (not to mention NeXT , Pixar and $8 billion in personal net worth), I think he qualifies for a biography at least as much as, say, Cheryl Cole...
Don't like the book?
then you're reading it wrong...
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Translation: "I hate Apple"
Why bother with the charade? Just write, "I hate Apple", and be done with it.
It is simply a fact that - in the eyes of most of the world - Apple has been hugely influential in the computer industry. And for most of that time (when it was most influential) Steve Jobs was at the helm. It's not that everyone thinks he personally did all this, nor does Steve claim it (listen to Steve's acknowledgement of his team at Apple in his most recent public appearance). But the man is also due some recognition, and many people will be interested to learn more about him. His work at NeXT and Pixar is also likely to be of interest. There's a story there, and many will pay to hear it told.
Apple's lawyers are attempting to patent something called a 'biography' which is a collection of writings detailing the life of an individual, or less frequently, more than one individual, written by a third-party.
Apple is firmly convinced this is something that will catch on and will likely be emulated by Apple's competitors without paying Apple due royalties for the invention and fostering which it spent many thousands of man-years working on, unless it is granted the protection in law it deserves.
@ jim booth
"PPS Oh look, another Apple story <yawn>"
You read it, and commented on it. WTF?