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Apple Pays Tribute to Steve Jobs on Anniversary of His Death

David Paul Morris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you visit Apple.com on Friday, you won't be greeted by the usual bright images of the new iPhone, MacBooks, or software screenshots.  Instead, a tribute letter to Steve Jobs makes its home on the page.

Friday marks a year since the legendary CEO and leader passed away from cancer.

"I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place," Apple CEO Tim Cook, who took over for Jobs on Aug. 24, 2011, wrote in a letter that appears after the video.  "One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple."

According to 9to5Mac, Cook sent out a similar letter remembering Jobs to the entire company.

Jobs passed away last year at the age of 56.  Since his passing, Apple has become the most valuable company in the world and has continued to sell millions of its products.

ABC News spoke with a number of analysts about how the company has changed since his passing.  Experts detailed that the company has become more shareholder-friendly, but has continued to make its own luck and aggressively control products, just as Jobs had always done.

"I'm incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road.  It's a wonderful tribute to Steve's memory and everything he stood for," Cook's letter ends.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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