Apple CEO Steve Jobs to Release Authorized Biography

In a move that comes as yet another first for Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the venerable tech titan has agreed to participate in a new – but authorized – book about his life.

The formal announcement came Sunday evening from publishing house Simon & Schuster.

The authorized biography of Steve Jobs will be released in early 2012. Cleverly titled “iSteve: The Book of Jobs,” the bio will be penned by Walter Isaacson, the best-selling author behind modern classic biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.

“This is the perfect match of subject and author, and it is certain to be a landmark book about one of the world’s greatest innovators,” says Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster. “Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson is telling a unique story of revolutionary genius.”

Confirming longstanding rumors that such a project was, indeed, in the works, Simon & Schuster says Isaacson has already been working on the biography for two years, a period in which he has conducted extensive interviews with Steve Jobs, members of the Jobs family, colleagues at Apple and even competitors.

Jobs, 56, is presently in his third medical leave of absence from Apple in seven years.