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Tim Cook Thanks Apple Employees for Outstanding 2012 with Extended Thanksgiving Vacation Time

Just as he did last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent an email to company employees thanking them for a successful year and letting them know that they will be receiving the entire week of Thanksgiving in the United States off in order to spend more time with their families. The extra holiday days of November 19-21 are being given with pay. 9to5Mac has the full letter.
Team,

Apple is having another incredibly successful year, thanks to all of the hard work by you and your teams. Your focus and dedication to making the best products on earth is what makes Apple such an incredible place.

In a little over six months we’ve launched outstanding new products in each of our major categories, starting with the new iPad this spring. The response was incredible, and continued to show Apple’s unrivaled leadership in this post-PC era. Over the summer we introduced the radically thin and light 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display, and shipped Mountain Lion, the fastest-selling update to OS X ever. Today, iPhone 5 is taking the world by storm. And in the next few weeks we’ll ship the new iPod touch and completely redesigned iPod nano with innovative designs that our customers are going to love this holiday season.

To recognize the efforts that made this amazing year possible, I’m happy to announce that we’re extending the Thanksgiving holiday once again this year. We will shut down with pay on November 19, 20 and 21 so our teams can spend the whole week with their loved ones.

Retail and some other teams will need to work that week so we can continue to serve our customers, but please check with your manager about taking time off at a later date. Our international teams will also get an extra three days off during this quarter, scheduled at a time that’s best for them. Details will be available on AppleWeb.

Thank you for everything you do for Apple and please enjoy this much deserved break.
As with last year's vacation time, retail store employees will need to stagger their extra days off in order to keep stores open for the public, and international corporate employees will receive their time off at times convenient for them, as they do not necessarily need to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.

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26 months ago
Not so fast there Maps team.

Best Regards,
Tim
Rating: 46 Votes
26 months ago
The iMac and Mac Pro teams must be on a permanent holiday.
Rating: 41 Votes
26 months ago
No new iMacs, no new Mac Pros, a terrible iPhone 5 launch, closure of Ping, launch of a very mediocre 'new' OSX, Lightning adaptors not available on iPhone launch, disastrous launch of Maps... yes, I can see it's been an outstanding year.
Rating: 26 Votes
26 months ago
Maybe you should stay at work and work on the Maps app.
Rating: 21 Votes
26 months ago
This is awesome!

Vacation Time is better salary increase... At least, for me.

And the government can't take a cut of that...
Rating: 13 Votes
26 months ago

When's he gonna address the scratches on ip5 ?


Devices scratch. Get a case.
Rating: 12 Votes
26 months ago

Thank you Tim but as usual, retail staff will not spend thanksgiving with family...

we will have to work...

so guys in their offices have their 3 days off, and people working their a_s_s off all year long will continue to enjoy working their a_s_s off for the company and will take these 3 days in Feb or March like past years

great


Retail employees shouldn't be surprised that retail stores remain open to.... you know... sell products.

If they don't like this perhaps a different line of work would be in order?
Rating: 12 Votes
26 months ago

Thank you Tim but as usual, retail staff will not spend thanksgiving with family...

we will have to work...

so guys in their offices have their 3 days off, and people working their a_s_s off all year long will continue to enjoy working their a_s_s off for the company and will take these 3 days in Feb or March like past years

great


Did you even read what you wrote because it sounds like you are pissed because you (in retail) have to work some of the busiest days of retail sales for the year and then - get this - you get to take those 3 days off in less hectic retail months.

So basically you are saying "Waaaaah, I have to take my 3 days later than someone else."

Wow. You seriously should look for a new line of work.
Rating: 11 Votes
26 months ago

Thank you Tim but as usual, retail staff will not spend thanksgiving with family...

we will have to work...

so guys in their offices have their 3 days off, and people working their a_s_s off all year long will continue to enjoy working their a_s_s off for the company and will take these 3 days in Feb or March like past years

great


You work in a shop. Get over it.
Rating: 10 Votes
26 months ago
It has been an awesome year. Well deserved.

For all those naysayers:
The iPhone 5 is a spectacular product and an improvement in every way.
iPad 3 is stunning and has maintained market dominance.
MacBooks are great and the Retina MacBook is pushing it all forward nicely.
I've found Mountain Lion to be exactly what I expected: a sweet refinement of Lion and it integrates very well with my other Apple devices without losing anything (in contrast to Windows 8, I might add)
The Maps thing is embarrassing but necessary and WAY overblown.
Mac Pro was a sore spot long before 2012 and we actually KNOW it's coming early next year which is a plus!
Rating: 9 Votes

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