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Finally, a biography of Steve Jobs to hit the stores soon!

Last updated on: April 12, 2011 14:01 IST

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Apple chief executive officer Steve Jobs has finally given nod to an authorised biography.

'iSteve: The Book Of Jobs will hit bookshops early next year, written by Walter Isaacson, who is rumoured to have been penning the biography since 2009 after interviewing the computer genius, members of his family, colleagues at Apple and competitors.

Many biographies have been written about the 56-year-old, who is the man behind the iPod, iPhone and iPad, but not with his authorisation and he has disapproved of at least one book.

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Image: Steve Jobs is shown in these file photographs dating (top row L to R) July 2000, November 2003, September 2005, (bottom L to R) September 2006, January 2007 and September 2008.
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"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," the Daily Mail quoted Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon and Schuster, as saying.

"Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson is telling a unique story of a revolutionary genius," Karp added.

In a recent column in Business Standard, Shiv Bakhshi wrote, 'Whether you like him or not - and there are millions on each side of that divide -- you have to admire Steve Jobs for the 'insanely great' products Apple has launched during his current tenure as chief executive of the company which he founded in his family's garage in 1976 and from which he was famously ousted in 1985, at the ripe old age of 30.

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Jobs is a phenomenon, to say the least.

He runs the world's most-valued technology company but when it comes to pay, Apple's iconic chief Steve Jobs has been taking home a salary of just $1 at least for the past three years.

Jobs, who rejoined Apple in 1997, is the brain behind many best-selling gadgets such as iPhone, iPad and iPods.

Interestingly, his compensation comes as a sharp contrast to many CEOs worldwide, who get huge pay packets -- an issue which was also blamed for the financial meltdown in 2008-09.

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Image: Jobs holds up Apple's Mini Mac computer on January 11, 2005.
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The products -- the iPod, iPhone, iPad -- that Apple has launched under Jobs' aegis have routinely disrupted markets and helped usher in a new technological order by redefining industrial design for consumer devices and the software that powers them.

Apple, Bakhshi wrote, under Jobs has changed forever the institutionalised structural relationship that existed between mobile operators and their device vendors, tilting the balance in favour of the latter.

Apple has earned tremendous economic rent over the past several years as competitors have scrambled to get a handle on the language of touch.

The will to change - 'to put a dent in the universe,' in Jobs' memorable phrase -- has served Jobs well, during each of his two stints at Apple.

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Image: Steve Jobs smiles at the grand opening of the new Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York, May 2006.
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Rumours of Jobs' failing health and even 'death' have been doing the rounds of the tech world ever since he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Jobs who took medical leave in January, had said in an email to employees, "At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health.

"I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company."

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Image: Steve Jobs makes a joke about his blood pressure after introducing the MacBook laptop.
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However, a US-based online publication said in February that Jobs' days were numbered.

Radar Online also confirmed that Jobs, 55, has been attending the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California, where Hollywood star Patrick Swayze had sought radical chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer before his death in September 2009.

In 2004, the computer genius had surgery for pancreatic cancer, while in 2009, he had a liver transplant.

Radar Online described Jobs as 'skeletal-looking'.

Amid such depressing reports, Jobs' biography will come as a breath of fresh air for his fans.


Image: Steve Jobs stands beneath a sign that makes light of reports on his health at an Apple event.
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