Apple Inc. will hold a memorial service for co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs on Oct. 19. The event will be held at an amphitheater at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., according to a memo sent by CEO Tim Cook to employees on Monday.

Like many of you, I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime and shed many tears during the past week, said Cook in the memo, And I've found comfort in both telling and listening to stories about Steve.

Jobs was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2003. He died last Wednesday at the age of 56. Jobs' capacity to recognize the potential of both his products and the people around him, as well as inspire them significantly affected the conduct and performance of the organization. Jobs was also famous for focusing on Apple's strategic choices and demonstrating the practicality of each, even if they were otherwise difficult to achieve.

Meanwhile, Jobs' authorized biography - Steve Jobs, authored by Walter Isaacson, managing editor of Time magazine, is scheduled for release on Oct. 24. The book's publishers, Simon & Schuster say that the book is based on more than 40 interviews, spread over two years, with Jobs; the book also contains interviews with more than 100 people, including, family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues.