Jobs' Golden Apple

With the new iBook onstage and Toy Story 2 in the wings, Steve Jobs has plenty to smile about

It's a classic tale, told and retold through the ages: the hero reaches for greatness but fails, finds wisdom and maturity in scarred exile, then comes home to save his dying kingdom in Act III. Watching Steve Jobs hold his gorgeous new iBook triumphantly aloft before his assembled legions at last week's MacWorld convention in New York City, it was easy to imagine Apple Computer's interim-CEO-for-life perched somewhere in the pantheon between Odysseus and Simba the Lion King.

At 44, Steve Jobs has entered his golden age. He's rich, happily married and the loving father of three. His digital studio,...

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