Steve Jobs' biographer reflects on innovator

FILE - In this June 7, 2010 file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds the new iPhone 4 during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Apple Inc. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 said Jobs is resigning as CEO, effective immediately. He will be replaced by Tim Cook, who was the company's chief operating officer. It said Jobs has been elected as Apple's chairman. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
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Steve Jobs' official biographer reflected Tuesday on "CBS This Morning" on the Apple co-founder's parting words to the company's board of directors and revealed what questions he wouldn't answer.

Walter Isaacson, whose biography "Steve Jobs" was published last fall by Simon & Schuster, a CBS company, made the reflections during an interview with Gayle King and Charlie Rose in which he also discussed the release of President John F. Kennedy's personal recordings before his assassination.

Isaacson said that Jobs' influence is still seen in Apple months after his death.

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"In his last board meeting, he resigned as CEO, and they started making fun of Hewlett-Packard for getting out of the laptop and tablet business," said Isaacson, "and Steve said, 'Wait a minute. Bill Hewlett gave me my first job when I was 13, and he and David Packard tried to create a company that would last. Don't laugh at them, don't- these bozos have messed up their company. I don't want that to happen here.' He had infused a simple thing into the DNA of Apple, which is be at the intersection of creativity and technology. I think that'll last for a while."

Isaacson conducted several lengthy interviews with Jobs for the biography, which he discussed during an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes." But there were some questions Isaacson just couldn't get answered.

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"His relationship to philanthropy was something he didn't talk about," said Isaacson, "and I kept trying to push him, and I never quite got an answer."

Above, watch Isaacson's reflections on Steve Jobs.