Every year the Christmas edition of Time Magazine select a person who is considered to have had the greatest influence on the flow of news over the past year. Last year, Apple CEO and founder Steve Jobs were among the nominees, but was beaten by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

This year, Jobs has been nominated once again, and the odds are far better. If he receives the award, it would also be a historic event, with regards to the fact that TIME has never chosen someone who is dead as “Person of the Year.”

“Not only did he change the world, but he gave us that spirit again that something was possible, that you could look at a piece of glass or plastic and move your finger, that’s outlandish… may he rest in peace,” Brian Williams, one of the panelists said.

Chef Mario Batali, another of the panelists, added:

“I’m definitely a part of the fact and the belief that smartphones, the cell phone with photographic capability, has changed the world as much as the Bible has.”

Among the other nominees we find, Elizabeth Warren (a law professor at Harvard and a candidate for the Senate), Mohamed Bouazizi (identified as the person who started the so-called Arab Spring) and Alaa Abd El-Fatah (the leader of the Egyptian uprising in Cairo).

(via TIME Magazine)