Time Magazine has posted its shortlist for the annual Person of the Year awards, and there’s at least one familiar face on there for Apple fans: Apple CEO Tim Cook has made the cut. Along with Barack Obama, Bill and Hilary Clinton, and Yahoo CEO (and former Google exec) Marissa Mayer, Cook is under final consideration for this year’s award, which will reportedly be announced tomorrow.

The Internet doesn’t quite believe Cook deserves it: Time’s annual fan poll (which is always buried under by a mob of votes from social sites like 4Chan) already chose North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as its choice. But the fan poll is basically just a stunt these days. The final decision comes down to Time editors. Given everything that’s happened this year, it’s hard to believe that Time will eventually choose Cook as its Person, but then again, who knows? Cook has definitely shined in his role of filling the shoes of Steve Jobs, and Apple has never been more influential in the various fields of tech, business, and the creative arts as it’s been this past year. So maybe we will see Apple’s new CEO crowned tomorrow.

[via MacRumors]

Tim Cook makes short list for Time’s Person of the Year originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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