A biography of Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is scheduled to be published in 2012.

Jobs cooperated with former Time magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson on the book, “iSteve: The Book of Jobs,” to be published by Simon & Schuster in early 2012. The book is sure to get a lot of attention around the world, especially since Jobs is one of the most well-known figures of the technology revolution but recently stepped out of the fray to take a medical leave.

Isaacson has been working on the book since 2009 and has had full access to Jobs, his family, colleagues at Apple and competitors. The challenge will be to reveal new details about Jobs’ life, since many books have been written about him. If Isaacson can get into more intimate details about Jobs than has already been printed, that would be a huge win.

Isaacson has written best-selling books about Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. Jobs, 56, has been on a medical leave since January. He has been treated for pancreatic cancer and has had a liver transplant.