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Apple CEO Tim Cook Reflects on Second Anniversary of Steve Jobs’s Passing

SteveandTim-380x253Today marks the second anniversary of the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

His successor, Apple CEO Tim Cook, said today on Twitter that he’ll mark the day by taking a long hike and reflecting on their friendship.

Cook also marked the occasion in an email to Apple employees, as first reported by 9to5Mac and since independently confirmed as authentic by AllThingsD.

Here’s the Tweet.

Apple’s journey as a company since Jobs’s passing has been a complicated one marked by a decline in the company’s share price and persistent questions over whether it still has the same ability to innovate without Jobs as it did with him. Cook assured employees that Jobs “would be proud of all of you.”

Here’s the email:


Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of Steve’s death. I hope everyone will reflect on what he meant to all of us and to the world. Steve was an amazing human being and left the world a better place. I think of him often and find enormous strength in memories of his friendship, vision and leadership. He left behind a company that only he could have built and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We will continue to honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to the work he loved so much. There is no higher tribute to his memory. I know that he would be proud of all of you.


And if you’re interested in spending a little more time reflecting on Steve Jobs yourself, you might read Walt Mossberg’s essay of personal remembrances about him. There’s also this collection of Jobs’s six appearances at the D: All Things Digital conference over the years.

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