Apple's chief executive Tim Cook has issued a glowing homage to the firm's founder and form chief executive Steve Jobs to mark the one year anniversary of his death.
Jobs' death on 5 October 2011 caused headlines around the world after a long fight against cancer,. Apple devotees gathered outside stores to hold vigils and pay their respects to the often outspoken technology leader.
In a statement posted on the Apple website Cook reflected on his passing last year and the impact it had on the firm.
"Steve's passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place," he said.
He went on to touch on the impact Apple has made on the world thanks to the vision of Jobs, and committed to honouring his work as the firm continues to grow.
"One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple," he said.
"We share the privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future. I'm incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering product that our customers love and dreaming up new one that will delight down the road.
"It's a wonderful tribute to Steve's memory and everything he stood for."
The firm also hosts a video montage of images of Jobs and soundbites from some of his most memorable product launches such as the iPhone and iMac.
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