updated 10:45 am EST, Fri December 4, 2009
Option comes despite Jobs' relative inactivity
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been nominated as potential Person of the Year for 2009, writes Time. Although the magazine is reserving the right to make final judgment, it is currently accepting votes from readers. Jobs is already third in rankings, ahead of sprinter Usain Bolt, and US military commander Stanley McChrystal. He is nevertheless below US president Barack Obama, and the Iranians protesting their country's theocratic government.
Time notes that Jobs was recently named CEO of the Decade by Fortune, and that the App Store has already passed over a billion downloads. At the same time, Jobs has actually been inactive throughout most of 2009, having been waylaid by a liver transplant and a six-month medical leave. Challengers to the iPhone have also become more prominent, such as the Palm Pre and the Motorola Droid. Verizon and the public in general have both criticized iPhone carrier AT&T for having poor 3G coverage.