Tim Cook’s Staff Memo To Apple Employees

Steve Jobs died in October 2011 at the age of 56.

On the 10th anniversary of Steve Jobs’s death, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook told employees that the visionary co-founder would be eager to see what the company develops next.

The comments in the internal memo, obtained by Bloomberg News, came alongside other efforts from the company Tuesday to commemorate the anniversary. Apple replaced its homepage with a tribute to Jobs and published a letter from Jobs’s family. Cook also posted a video of Jobs on his Twitter account.

Cook’s complete email to staff is here:


Today marks the 10th anniversary of Steve’s passing. It’s a moment to celebrate his life and to mirror on the extraordinary legacy he left behind.

Steve believed that “people with passion can change the world for the better.” That’s the philosophy that inspired him to create Apple. And it lives in us today.

Steve was so many things: bright, funny, and wise, a husband, a father, a friend, and, of course, a visionary. He challenged us to see the world not for what it was, but for what it could be. And he helped so many people, myself included, see the same possible in ourselves. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him.

This year, as much as any other, we’re reminded of the profound impact our products have on the world. I feel so lucky that we use our days creating wildly inventive tools that connect people, inspire them to think differently, and empower them to make their own dent in the universe, too. It’s one of the many gifts that Steve gave to all of us.

I wish Steve were here to see the way his spirit lives on in all of your amazing work. But most of all, I wish he could see what you do next. Steve once said that his proudest achievements were the ones that were in addition to come. He spent every day imagining a future that no one else could see and working relentlessly to bring his vision to life.

Steve was a singular figure, but he taught us all how to soar. I miss him, and I will cherish him always.


Jobs died in October 2011 at the age of 56, two months after stepping down as CEO and appointing Cook as his substitute.

Cook, now 60, could keep in his current role until at the minimum 2026 based on proportion payouts and other factors, and the company’s management includes a variety of possible successors

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