Last Friday, as Apple employees prepared to knock off for the weekend, CEO Tim Cook sent a warm internal email in advance of the third anniversary of the death of company co-founder Steve Jobs.
Cook, who succeeded the Macintosh developer as company CEO, encouraged staff to remember how Jobs “made our world better” and spoke of the legacy he left on Apple.
He also attempted to capture Jobs’ influence on the wider world, explaining how Jobs-developed products – which include the iPhone, iPad and iMac – are used, among other things, to write songs, novels and poetry.
The website 9to5Mac obtained the email:
Sunday will mark the third anniversary of Steve’s passing. I’m sure that many of you will be thinking of him on that day, as I know I will.
I hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better. Children learn in new ways thanks to the products he dreamed up. The most creative people on earth use them to compose symphonies and pop songs, and write everything from novels to poetry to text messages. Steve’s life’s work produced the canvas on which artists now create masterpieces.
Steve’s vision extended far beyond the years he was alive, and the values on which he built Apple will always be with us. Many of the ideas and projects we’re working on today got started after he died, but his influence on them — and on all of us — is unmistakeable.
Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for helping carry Steve’s legacy into the future.
Jobs died from complications related to pancreatic cancer.