updated 10:54 am EDT, Mon September 30, 2013
Cook sends company wide e-mail
Earlier today Tim Cook sent an e-mail to Apple employees thanking them for their work in launching two new iPhone product lines and iOS 7. As a reward, everyone will be receiving extra paid time off for the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays. Apple will shut down on November 25, 26, and 27 giving employees an entire week off for the holiday. Some employees, such as Retail and AppleCare staff won't get the same days off, but will receive the additional time off at a later date.
Cook also took the time to highlight his experience visiting several Apple Stores during the iPhone launch, noting that "there is no better place to see and feel why Apple is special. The best products on Earth. Energy. Enthusiasm. The best customers in the world." In addition, the e-mail goes on to congratulate the company on its contributions to charitable causes, such as "improving working conditions or the environment, standing up for human rights, helping eliminate AIDS, or reinventing education."