Yesterday, Apple announced the sad news that its co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs was 56 years old. Apple has changed its homepage to pay tribute to the late Steve Jobs, and Google has updated its homepage with a link to Apple.com. Several other companies are following suit as well.
The Wall Street Journal reports today that Jobs revealed in an interview with Walter Isaacson the day after he resigned as Apple CEO in late August that he knew death was near for him. Isaacson is currently in the process of writing the only authorized Steve Jobs biography, which contains interviews with Jobs himself, family members, friends, co-workers, etc. This interview, which was conducted about four weeks ago (and the final interview Isaacson ever had with Steve) will be the last scene in the biography. It's sort of like the "one more thing" Jobs was famous for.
According to a person familiar with the matter, Isaacson last interviewed Jobs four weeks ago, right before, and right after he stepped down from his post as the CEO of Apple.
Jobs indicated at that time that he knew he was going to die soon. The scene will appear at the end of the book.
In addition, it was announced today that the biography, simply titled Steve Jobs, will be released on October 24, rather than the older November 21 date. The book is actually still being updated with details about Jobs' resignation as Apple CEO. The book has also climbed to the number one spot on the best sellers list on Amazon.com.