Tim Cook’s memo to Apple employees about the passing of Steve Jobs

Several MacDailyNews readers have forwarded us the following email memorandum from Apple CEO Tim Cook to Apple employees:


I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email rememberingsteve@apple.com.

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.


[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

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  1. Steve was human. We all new that. Human in the best possible sense. I’ll remember him with love. No idolatry. No mystical worship. Just love. I’ve never met him, but today I lost my dear friend.

  2. Steve Jobs “lived” in the products Apple created through his vision, leadership, and inspiration, AND from the brilliant way he presented them to the world. In the same way, Steve Jobs LIVES ON in Apple, and the products Apple will create, into the future.

  3. I’m not a great lover of poetry. But I remember this and it seems apt. At school (55 years ago!) it brought a tear to my eye, as does the news today:—

    O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
    The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won;
    The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
    While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:

    But O heart! heart! heart!
    O the bleeding drops of red,
    Where on the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.

    My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
    My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
    The ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
    From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
    Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
    But I, with mournful tread,
    Walk the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.

    By Walt Whitman about, I understand, Abe Lincoln

  4. I suppose we all knew the day would come….
    Of course it would be too soon.

    Steve Jobs contributed immensely to the advancement of human technology and civilization, to that we are thankful.

  5. What an incredible imagination and determination to bring new ideas in to our lives, shattering the limits of what many thought was possible, knowing very well these last several years were “borrowed” time -he courageously kept on working and he lived to usher in an amazingly practical tablet device, that my 81 year old technophobe father now uses to video chat with friends and family, to browse the net and study history at the beach or sitting in his yard – to make this technology and the new worlds of information it opens up so available and easy to use – well Mr. Jobs lived a very full life and opened countless new avenues of communication and exploration to all people. Something i’m impressed by and grateful for is Apple’s customer support from patient, knowledgeable live people – i count this as part of his legacy and part of what helps even the least technologically inclined to use Apple products.

  6. After hearing the news last night and after a time to let it sink in, I told my wife that it felt like I’ve lost a best friend. She says “Me too”.

    And now I guess we can all look forward to the afterlife in a different way. Just think of all the neat stuff we’re going to find there.

  7. Oh Steve, oh Steve.

    how ironic (or maybe knowingly) the iPhone4S(teve) launched simultaneously…

    it’s killing me.
    not physically. but emotionally & spiritually.

    i, we are:
    sad. mad.

    i never was into religion or deciding if there is or isn’t a god.
    steve was mine. iGod.

    we can live without him.
    but like they say: women, you can’t live with them, can’t without.
    same with Steve.
    it will be hard without such a light.

    steve was the world’s lighthouse illuminating human genius.
    his iConfucian Way, Gandhi-esque wisdom,
    Socratic moderation, RennaissanceMan-like vision,
    clarified & simplified all our lives,
    whether we like to admit it or not.

    thanks. merci. gracias. grazie. obrigado. danke. спасибо (rus). ευχαριστίες (grk). 谢谢 (chi). ありがとう (jap). 감사합니다 (kor).
    Steve (for great) Jobs!

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