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Lest fans worried otherwise, Apple's new CEO is assuring world+dog that the company won't lose its mojo under his leadership. In an email sent early Thursday and leaked to reporters in record time, Tim Cook told employees Apple would be the same juggernaut it was under the watch of outgoing CEO Steve Jobs and echoed the oft-repeated sentiment that Cupertino's best days lie ahead.

“I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change,” he wrote. “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."

A copy of the complete email follows:

Team:

I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as C.E.O. 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

The Reg's Rik Myslewski says much the same thing, albeit with a more measured take, here. ®

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