Tim Cook Gives Apple Employees Longer Thanksgiving

Apple Store employees cheer during the opening of the Apple Store Porta di Roma on April 21, 2012 in Rome, Italy.
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Apple employees have an extra something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

The tech giant's employees will get the entire week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to a report from 9To5Mac.

CEO Tim Cook announced the holiday bonus in an email to employees Tuesday, 9To5 reported. Cook thanked employees for their hard work, attributing Apple's "incredibly successful year" to employees' efforts.

"Your focus and dedication to making the best products on earth is what makes Apple such an incredible place," Cook stated.

Employees working at Apple's retail stores and some other teams won't get the entire week off, but Cook did mention that they will be able to take extra time off at a later date.

Read Cook's email in full below.


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.

Hat tip: 9To5Mac