i'm off: Steve Jobs leaves Apple

Apple c.e.o. Steve Jobs has long inspired entrepreneurs and tech geeks alike. His authorised biography is due this autumn

Computer entrepreneur, billionaire and co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs has stepped down from his role as c.e.o. of the company that brought the world the iMac, the iPod and those little white headphones.

Charismatic and mysterious, the 56-year-old has already attracted a number of biographies, including The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation by Jay Elliott and William L Simon (Vanguard) and Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs, the Creation of Apple and How it Changed the World, which describes how he founded Apple out of his little sister’s bedroom in the 1970s (read an extract here).

Meanwhile, Martin Kemp, author of the forthcoming Christ to Coke. How Image Becomes Icon has analysed how that little apple logo became as ubiquitous as Nike's "swoosh".

His own (authorised) biography iSteve: The Book of Jobs written by journalist Walter Isaacson is published by Little, Brown this November.

Jobs, who has suffered from cancer and undergone a liver transplant, will be replaced by chief operating officer, Tim Cook.