Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue has played a significant role as a dealmaker in recent months at the company, a new book claims.

Adam Lashinsky's Inside Apple: The Secrets Behind the Past and Future Success of Steve Jobs's Iconic Brand says that Cue has been playing a prominent role in Apple's recent success, reports MacNN.

Cue is described as a "problem solver" and worked closely with both Steve Jobs and current CEO Tim Cook on several important negotiations with third parties, Lashinsky claims. In fact, he was a key "dealmaker" in the agreements between Apple and record labels and film studios in building the iTunes Store.

According to the book, which will be released next Wednesday, Cue also transformed MobileMe into iCloud, persuaded Jobs to go with processors based on ARM architecture rather than Intel chips in the iPhone and was prominent in the negotiations with News Corp over the creation of The Daily.

This impressive list of achievements has seen his salary greatly increased to $700,000 (around £455,000) and awarded a bonus of 100,000 stock options, reckoned to be worth around $42m (£27m).

Earlier this week, Macworld reported that Lashinsky believes senior vice president of Apple's mobile software division Scott Forstall is the most obvious candidate to be the next CEO of Apple.

Inside Apple: The Secrets Behind the Past and Future Success of Steve Jobs's Iconic Brand is due to be released on 25 January and will cost £12.40 through Amazon.co.uk.