Tim Cook: Steve Jobs' Spirit Is Foundation of Apple

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's been two years since Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died, but the world and most importantly the company hasn't forgotten him.

In a letter obtained by 9to5Mac, CEO Tim Cook addressed the team at Apple, talking about what Jobs meant to the company, as well as the world.

Below is the text of the email:

Team-

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.

Best,

Tim

It's long been thought that Jobs left a product pipeline of about three years at the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant. Apple recently released its latest iPhones to incredible demand, selling more than 9 million units of the iPhone 5s and 5c in their opening weekend.

Rumors have surfaced that Apple is going to refresh its iPad lineup later this month. Speculation suggests that the iPad mini will get Retina Display, and come in gold, silver and space grey, using the color scheme of the iPhone 5s.

Shares of Apple were lower in early Friday trading, off 0.59% to $480.54.

--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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