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Update: Steve Jobs Bio Moving Forward, But No Launch Date As Yet

A little over a year ago, news of a Steve Jobs’ biography, penned by well-known author Walter Isaacson, made the rounds.

Since then, according to numerous sources in Silicon Valley, Isaacson has been busy interviewing well over 100 people in the Apple CEO’s past and present, both inside and outside the company.

That includes current execs at Apple, as well as Jobs’ friends and colleagues, such as Oracle’s Larry Ellison.

Most recently, Isaacson–who has written big, popular biographies other American luminaries, such as Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein–was in San Francisco for the iPad 2 launch on March 2.

Unlike others who have written about Jobs, sources said, Isaacson has the legendary tech icon’s full cooperation and participation, but apparently also will maintain control over the book itself.

(Nonetheless, it still might be a good idea to take Jobs’ advice on the cover, since he’s pretty good at design stuff.)

In any case, when and by whom the Jobs bio will be published remains anyone’s guess, since there has been no actual publisher nor release date named yet.

Isaacson, who now heads the Aspen Institute, is currently contracted with the CBS-owned Simon & Schuster, so it seems the likely publisher of what will be one of the most anticipated books in tech.

I suppose such mystery is in keeping with Apple’s tone around the launch of its own products, the next of which is supposedly an iPhone 5 this summer.

Or so we’ve read.


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