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Faster biography launch 'not related' to Jobs' health

updated 11:20 am EDT, Tue August 16, 2011

Original 2012 date simply matter of convenience

The sudden change in the date of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography isn't connected to the CEO's health, an interview with Isaacson reveals. The book was originally scheduled to ship in March 2012, but on Monday received a new date, November 21st 2011. "It's actually not related to any decline," says Isaacson.

"I turned most of the book in this past June," he continues. "It's now all done and edited. The March 2012 date (or whatever date it was) was never a deeply-considered pubdate. Like the original cover design, it came about because the publisher wanted to put something in the database last spring."

Jobs has been on a medical leave from Apple since January. The leave is his third since 2004 -- when he was first treated for pancreatic cancer -- and already his longest ever, now into its eighth month. Recurring problems have fueled speculation that Jobs' health is on a downward spiral which might force him to leave the company, taking with him his signature micromanagement and product concepts.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    He stopped doing that months ago.. so the company is slowly moving into a self-managed daily activity...

  1. Hercules Rockefeller

    Joined: Dec 1969


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    Dont be fooled it has everything to do with Jobs aids infection.

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The fact that Jobs authorized this biography, and from all accounts has not declared anything off limits, means that he has come to terms with his own mortality just like all of us must do eventually. Whether his health is declining or improving has nothing to do with it but the medical facts and statistics of his condition don't point to a complete recovery and never have.

  1. ricardogf

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Unfortunately, Krupp is right in stating that SJ has come to terms with his own condition; this book will probably represent a definitive account of his life, something that was considered impossible given his long-standing aversion to media scrutiny. In any case, I can only thank SJ for reinventing at least four whole industries out there; the rest is the rest.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Guess it's time to...


    all that remaining Apple stock!

    Before it's worth less than Enron's

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