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.