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New Apple CEO Tim Cook: "Apple is not going to change"

So how is the Steve Jobs bombshell playing inside Apple?
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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during the iPhone announcement January 11, 2011 in New York City. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

New Apple CEO Tim Cook didn't waste any time assuring his employees after yesterday's announcement that Steve Jobs is stepping down as chief executive.

"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," Cook wrote in an email to Apple employees obtained by ars technica.

Here's a text of the full email:

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
 

Here's how writer Jacqui Cheng colorfully describes Cook:

In person, Cook is gruff and assertive, but in a way that makes people feel secure—this is no doubt part of the reason why Apple has slowly been introducing Cook to the public via Apple keynotes over the last few years. In the public's eye, Cook has become the Riker to Jobs' Picard—and people generally like Riker.

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