Apple CEO Steve Jobs unofficial biographer is Alan Deutschman, author of The Second Coming of Steve Jobs. As Jobs prepares to return to Apple, Deutschman asks if Jobs is as “replaceable as a seven-year-old MacBook” (not that they’ve even been around seven years).
During Jobs’ illness, reporters have often asked me, as one of his biographers, who could replace this charisma and vision. My answer: someone with persistence, resilience, and tenacity. Nominee one, Timothy Cook, Apple’s 48-year-old chief operating officer and the subject of much speculation. He’s relentlessly hard-driving with tremendous stamina and a mastery of the tough and unglamorous behind-the-scenes issues that have been vital to Apple’s success, such as inventory management.
Deutschman’s preferred choice to replace Jobs at Apple? Jonathan Ive.