Steve Jobs’ death anniversary: Apple CEO’s email to staff

In this July 16, 2010 photo shows Apple's Tim Cook, left, and Steve Jobs, right, during a meeting at Apple in Cupertino, Calif. Cook takes over as CEO for Apple after Jobs resigned. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

On the fourth death anniversary of Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs, the company’s CEO Tim Cook has sent an email to the staff.

In the email, Cook remembers Jobs as a visionary, a mentor and a friend and talks about his legacy in Apple and its products. He also calls on new staff members to ask their older colleagues about how Jobs was really like. The email was first published by The Telegraph.

Jobs passed away after a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer in 2011 at the age of 56. He founded Apple in 1976 with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Jobs also co-founded and was CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, after he left Apple in 1985. Pixar was later acquired by Disney. Jobs joined Apple again in 1996 after the company acquired his venture NeXT, and became the CEO in 1997.

Here’s the full text of Tim Cook’s email to Apple employees…


Today marks four years since Steve passed away. On that day, the world lost a visionary. We at Apple lost a leader, a mentor, and many of us lost a dear friend.

Steve was a brilliant person, and his priorities were very simple. He loved his family above all, he loved Apple, and he loved the people with whom he worked so closely and achieved so much.

Each year since his passing, I have reminded everyone in the Apple community that we share the privilege and responsibility of continuing the work Steve loved so much.

What is his legacy? I see it all around us: An incredible team that embodies his spirit of innovation and creativity. The greatest products on earth, beloved by customers and empowering hundreds of millions of people around the world. Soaring achievements in technology and architecture. Experiences of surprise and delight. A company that only he could have built. A company with an intense determination to change the world for the better.

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