New Apple CEO Tim Cook sends first email to employees

"Apple is not going to change," says new boss

In a heartfelt email sent out to Apple employees, the company's new CEO Tim Cook says there will be no major changes at Apple

FollowingSteve Jobs'resignation as CEO of Appleyesterday,his replacement, TimCook, has sent out a reassuring email to all employees, statingthat Apple will continue on the track it's currently on.

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Cook, who has been working for the consumer electronics giant for almost thirteen years, as cheif operating officer, paid respect to his former mentor and predecessor Steve Jobs, 56.

In a heartfelt message emailed to its global workforce, he thanked the man who saved Apple from near-default and assured employees that Apple will continue in its journey to become thebiggest innovator in the world.

You can read the full email below:

Team:

I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world. Joining Apple was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.

Steve has been an incredible leader and mentor to me, as well as to the entire executive team and our amazing employees. We are really looking forward to Steve’s ongoing guidance and inspiration as our Chairman.

I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.

I love Apple and I am looking forward to diving into my new role. All of the incredible support from the Board, the executive team and many of you has been inspiring. I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.

Tim

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