Steve Jobs: International man of mystery. There have been more than a few would-be chroniclers of the Apple co-founder and CEO, but they all lacked one crucial ingredient: the approbation of the man himself. That may be about to change, however, according to a report in The New York Times.
As one of the tech industry’s most dynamic figures, Jobs’s life has been documented in everything from books (Jeffrey Young and William Simon’s iCon: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business for one, which resulted in other titles by publisher Wiley being pulled from Apple Store shelves) to TV movies (Pirates of the Silicon Valley, in which he was portrayed by ER vet Noah Wyle, who would later reprise the role in a keynote appearance at Macworld Expo 1999).
The Times report pegs Walter Isaacson, former managing editor of Time magazine, as the man tapped to pen the first biography that will get the Steve Jobs stamp of approval. Isaacson has previously written two best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, which puts Jobs in some pretty lofty company. The book will trace Jobs's life from his childhood days through his rise in the technology industry.
Why the sea change for Jobs now? Well, like any of us—except for maybe Brad Pitt—Jobs isn’t getting any younger. Given his recent history of illness, he may be interested in reviewing his legacy. That’s atypical for Jobs (and Apple), whose references to the past are usually few and far between. Then again, perhaps he merely wants to make sure that if somebody’s going to write a biography, they do it his way. Which presumably means that you'll be able to read it on your iPad.